Market vendors bemoan lack of storage facilities

Dec 21, 2021, 2:07 PM | Article By: Ismaila Sonko

A handful of vendors in Brikama market have expressed their concerns over lack of storage facilities to preserve their perishable produce.


They expressed concern to this medium last week as this reporter was out and about to sound their (vendors) reactions.

Mariama Drammeh, a fish seller at the market, said she faces difficulty because her fishes get spoiled when they are not sold during the day, adding that they have no place to preserve their products.

She said the ice plant they have at the market is limited for all the vendors and it is also affected by erratic electricity.

Oumie Drammeh, a vegetable vendor at the market, said lack of proper storage facilities at the market has become a major challenge for the vendors, saying one does not have any other place to keep their product.

Nyima Sambou, a seller of bitter tomatoes, also expressed dismay as she challenged the Brikama Area Council (BAC) about the reasons for paying daily taxes.

She said this is the right time for BAC to make good use of taxpayers’ money and build a good storage facility for the market vendors.

Seedy Badjie, a resident of Brikama, said that the issue of the storage facility at the market needs to be put into the consideration.

Isatou Nyassi, a vegetable grower, has renewed her call on the government of The Gambia to place a ban on foreign garden products from entering the country until The Gambian products are finished in the market.

According to her, if that is not done, the prices of basic commodities will be high and that would affect customers.