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Transport Union President Says Fuel Increment Challenging To Drivers

Omar Ceesay, President of the Gambia Transport Union, has said that the increase in fuel price is challenging to drivers. Speaking in an exclusive interview, Ceesay said it has been realized that at the end of every month, there will often be a change in the price of petrol and diesel. "This has a very negative impact on our daily activities, especially during our working hours as drivers," he said. On Tuesday 1 st June 2021, the price of petrol increased fro

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Organization Urges Gov't To Act Against Price Hike On Essential Commodities, Transport Fares

The Organization for Peace and Humanitarian Assistance (OPHA) has on Friday 4 th June 2021 called on the Gambia Government to take steps towards addressing price hike on essential commodities and transport fares in the country. James F. Mendy, the coordinator of the organization, said the government needs to take steps in order to mitigate the price increase of essential commodities as well as on transport fares. He said the government ought to work on the long-term solution to these

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Groundnut Season to End By 31st March

The marketing manager of the Gambia Groundnut Corporation (GGC), Ms. Fatim Leigh, said the groundnut season will soon come to an end by 31 st March 2021. According to her, this season, they bought seven thousand four hundred and sixty five metric tons and ninety kilos (7, 455.90) of groundnuts which equally cost a value of over one hundred and eighty nine million dalasi (D189, 812,885). She said though their projection was forty thousand tons for 2020-2021 trading season,

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Turkey Donates 4 Threshing Machines to Gambian Farmers

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) on Tuesday donated four (4) Threshing Machines to farmers in the Central River Region of The Gambia. The donation was aimed at enhancing the efficiency in food production in The Gambia. TIKA handed over the four thresher machines to farmers in CRR through the Governor of the region at a colorful ceremony held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the Governor's office in CRR. Officials say the machines donated by TIKA will be used in processing

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Internet Disrupted in GBA after Personnel Working for NAWEC's Indian Project Inadvertently Cut Internet Cable at Farato

Mustapha Jallow The Public Relations Officer of the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), Pierre Silva has confirmed to Foroyaa that their personnel working for their Indian Project at Farato cut an internet cable which caused internet black-out on Tuesday afternoon 2nd February, 2021. PRO Silva said the officials of the aforesaid project were digging to lay pipes and "they ran into an internet cable and cut it." Silva's confirmation came after Foroyaa informed him about a credible sou

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Importers Link Essential Commodity Price Hike to Demurrage Charges

Importers of essential commodities in The Gambia have informed the National Assembly Select on Trade that the high charge on demurrage is one of the major factors contributing to the hike in prices of the essential commodities. Demurrage, according to Merriam Webster dictionary, means a charge for detaining a ship, freight car, or truck. The importers made this disclosure on Thursday 28 th January 2021, during their engagement with the Trade Committee on the reason for the constant hike in commo

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Ministry Explains Reasons for Price Rise in Essential Food Commodities

By Ndey Sowe The Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MOTIE) has issued a statement explaining the causes for the recent increment of prices of some essential food commodities, which are both external and local factors. Exogenous/External Factors: The ministry said the external cause for the increase in prices particularly for rice and edible oil is a global phenomenon as result of the COVID 19 Pandemic. The trade ministry's dispatch stated that these products are ma

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JAH OIL Negotiates with PURA- Says Company Manager

Momodou Hydara, Manager for Jah Oil Company, has informed Foroyaa that an intense negotiation is ongoing to resolve the stalemate between them and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA). "We are working on resolving the standoff, we are working with stakeholders and we are in intense negotiation," Hydara revealed in an interview with this medium on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. PURA in a letter dated 15 January, 2021 faulted Jah Oil Company for "illegally" constructing petrol stations a

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Fishermen Attribute Fish Scarcity to Poor Weather

Fishermen at Tanji landing site have attributed the current fish scarcity in the markets to poor weather conditions. In the past three (3) days, fish shortage hit Gambian homes and markets. Paya Ngom, a fisherman at Tanji, said the shortage of fish in the past three days is due to the windy weather condition. "The sea does not have certain species of fish right now and we believe it is because of the bad weather condition," Ngom said. He said when the weather is windy; fishermen do not venture i

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Women Vendors Call for Bailout to Restart their Businesses

Women vendors at the provincial Lumos (weekly markets) have called for a bailout from the Government and relevant stakeholders in a bid for them to restart their businesses amid post-Covid-19. The vendors revealed that they need financial assistance to empower and strengthen their businesses, which were seriously handicapped by the COVID-19 Pandemic. According to these women, the reopening of the Lumos was thoughtful and a wise decision by the government, but said they are still grappling with t

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Meet Amadou Jallow, the Gambian Youth on Mission to Champion Bread Baking

Photo: Amadou Jallow Amadou Jallow is a young Gambian planning to change the narrative of bread baking in The Gambia. Anecdotally, Jallow said many bakeries in the country are owned and operated by non-Gambians. It is against this backdrop that he intends to venture into the industry to change that trend. Like many senior secondary school graduates in The Gambia, Jallow pursued a diploma program at the Gambia College school of Nursing and Public Health. After two years, he diverted his field of

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Group Hints Putting Gambia on Global Agro-processing Map

The Country Director of the Aspuna Group in The Gambia, Amadou Jah, has recently informed Foroyaa that their group has put Gambia on the global agro-processing map. The first tuber processing factory was opened in The Gambia in 2017 with the aim of reducing unemployment rate, improving rural livelihood locally, increasing Africa's food security and meeting international demand for gluten-free ingredients in The Gambia. 'Aspuna' Flour Company is established at Duwasu village in Kombo East Distric

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