of rains in the past weeks has been a nightmare for many farmers in the country
especially those who had already planted their crops. This has left many with
little or no hopes about the prospect of a good season.
However, Bubacarr Baldeh, a farmer in Upper River Region is optimistic of bumper harvest in his groundnut farm in spite of the poor rains, come the end of this year’s raining season.
Mr. Baldeh was speaking during a recent exclusive with The Point at his farm in URR.
Agriculture accounts for a significant portion in the country’s economy, contributing 32% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP); providing employment and income for 80% of the population and accounting for about 70% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. It also remains the prime sector when it comes to consolidating gains in food security thus reducing poverty.
He called on farmers in the country to be steadfast and take the risk during the raining season if they want to succeed in their respective farming activities.
“But if we want to sit until the starts of the rain and start cultivating our crops this can lead to failure.”
He observed that many farmers were complaining about the late rain start and lack of rains, acknowledging that is true, but was quick to point out that as farmers they should learn how to take risk.
Baldeh noted that farmers should start early planting ‘if they want to succeed in farming’ and to be able to realise bumper harvest at the end of the season.