KMC unveils over D0.5m cold store project at SK market

Oct 7, 2020, 10:51 AM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

The Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) in partnership with the British High Commission on Tuesday launched a solar cold storage project worth D615, 800 for the women who engaged in vegetable business at Serekunda market.

The project is designed to help women engage in the vegetable business to minimize the high percentage loss of vegetables due to the lack of cold storage facility within the market.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor of KMC, Talib Ahmed Bensouda said that the project was to help women within the Serekunda market who are specifically engaged in vegetable businesses to minimize the high percentage of losses due to spoilage of their vegetables.

He added that the cold storage facility which is solar powered is meant to ensure that the risk of spoilage of vegetables is reduced or eliminated.

“Many of these women are mothers and breadwinners of their families and are people who paid their family bills (children’s school fees and other expenditures) and the vegetable spoilages can account for many big losses in their income.”

Mayor Bensouda expressed hope that the project would go a long way to ensure that the losses are eliminated and also for women to do better in their businesses as far as vegetables are concerned.

“KMC has 19 markets and Serekunda is one of them. We also hope to expand this project to all other 18 markets within the municipality,” he disclosed.

According to him, they also hope to bring cold storage facility for the people who sell fish, sea-food and meat amongst others.

He finally thanked the British High Commissioner in the country and looks forward to more fruitful partnership.     

For his part, the British High Commissioner in The Gambia, H.E. David Belgrove, OBE, said that the project is part of their response because they know how hard it is for the market women during this pandemic.

“We understand that women in the market have lost businesses due to the pandemic and this is part of my government’s efforts to help the economic recovery of The Gambia from this pandemic.”

He explained that the project is sustainable and would help women to store their products in a cool environment.

Ambassador Belgrove also thanked Mayor Bensouda and his councilors for working so hard towards the success of the project.

Musu Meta Manneh, a representative of the women beneficiaries, expressed delight and thanked the benefactors for what she described as milestone project ever received since the establishment of the market.

“This is one of greatest projects ever received in the Serekunda market and this wonderful project will go a long way in helping the loss we always encounter in our business,” she said.

According to her, the project being the first cold storage for vegetables within the country will go a long way in helping them to preserve their vegetables.

She on behalf of the women thanked the British High Commissioner and his staff and the KMC for the assistance.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Yankuba and Counsel AM Yusuf
Witness says she learnt Koro was killed in his car
Jun 30, 2020, 12:10 PM

Awa Minteh, the first defence witness in the murder case involving Yankuba Touray, recently revealed before Justice Ebrima Jaiteh of the High Court in Banjul under cross-examination that she learnt that Ousman Koro Ceesay was killed in his car. This followed the question that Koro was killed in the residence of the accused.

Ebrima Ousman Ndure
Hon. Ndure bids farewell to Macky Sall
Oct 26, 2020, 10:56 AM

Gambian High Commissioner to Senegal Hon. Ebrima Ousman Ndure has bid farewell to Senegalese president, Macky Sall after completing his 3-year mission as Gambian High Commissioner to Senegal. 

Ahmadiyya Muslim donates
Amir Trawally calls for unity and support for needy
May 21, 2020, 12:23 PM

Baba F. Trawally, the amir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in The Gambia has called for national unity amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying “we must unite as a nation and work together in fighting the invisible coronavirus pandemic.”

Barrow v3
Scores arrested over gov’t food distribution in NBR
May 11, 2020, 1:07 PM

After President Adama Barrow launched his government’s ambitious covid-19 food aid initiative worth D734,25, 864 to help (84% of needy Gambian households), many anticipated transparency and probity in the manner the items would be distributed.