Nov 29, 2013, 9:45 AM
Reports received from our reporters in the provinces have indicated that groundnut marketing is going on well in most parts of the country.
In all the seccos (buying centers) visited by this paper, things were found to be well on course.
Indeed, it is heartening to learn that almost all the buying centers, our reporters visited, were found to be fully operational.
Our reporters were also made to understand that, as of now, there is no credit buying and that all farmers get their pay on the spot.
Most of the farmers who spoke to our reporters expressed gratitude to the government, buyers and the Gambia Groundnut Corporation (GGC) for this recent development.
We therefore congratulate all the buyers for a job well-done.
We also encourage all buyers to maintain the momentum and avoid credit buying because of the inconvenience it causes to farmers.
In the same vein, we call on the buyers to ensure that farmers' produce are correctly weighed so that they receive the official producer price announced.
Meanwhile, some farmers have complained of their empty bags not being returned to them after the contents are emptied.
We urge that a stop be put to this practice to help improve business relations between buyers and sellers.