UP launches Market Price Information system, Regional orientation

Monday, July 02, 2018

United Purpose (UP) last Thursday concluded a four-day nationwide regional orientation and launching of the Market Price Information System.

The market price information system is a NEMA Chosso Funded project with the objective to enable vegetable producers (largely women) to have regular market price information for better planning and selling of their vegetables. The orientation was done in collaboration with regional NGO partners.

This is the first voice based market price information system in The Gambia introduced by United Purpose. The launching was done under that Theme: sustainable market price information system for horticultural producers in The Gambia.

The purpose of the regional orientation was to guide the horticultural producers on the importance of the market price system and how they can use it.

Speaking at Jara Madina, project manager Joseph Gomez explained that the  system is mainly for horticulture producers largely  women on the use of  market information system which is intended  to support  them to have first-hand information  on the  market prices  from selected  markets/lumo.

He said among the selected markets/lumo are Serrekunda, Brikama, Basse, Sare Ngai, Brikamaba, Bansang, Wassu, Ker Pateh, Farafenni and Bureng markets. “Farmers can listen to the prices in the various markets in Wollof, Mandinka or English languages.”

According to Mr. Gomez, the system came into being following a request by farmers. “The aim was for them to be able to know the selling prices to help them in the sales of their vegetables.”

Alpha Khan, Executive Director of Freedom from Hunger Campaign (FFHC) expressed delight to UP for coming up with what he called a “laudable initiative” to help women vegetable growers to determine market price systems.  He described the system as a step in the right direction; saying women have been suffering from the middle men buyers who always come to buy their produce at cheaper prices and go and sell them at a double.