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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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Street Vendors Narrate Their Ordeal

Isatou Jallow is a street vendor who is contemplating leaving the business for other gainful ventures. Jallow said street vending in the Kanifing Municipality comes along with hardship with little profit which is not capable of uplifting their living conditions. "I am tired of life. I want to leave vending because I am not earning anything from it," Jallow said. Jallow, like many others wake up in the early hours of the morning when everyone is on bed to find her way to the market. She purchases

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KMC Establishes Fund For Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs

Talib Ahmed Bensouda, the Lord Mayor of the Kanifing Municipal Council, has disclosed that KMC's Nominated Councillor for Women Bineh Marong, will lead the establishment of a D100 million fund for the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs within the Municipality. Mayor Bensouda said this initiative is one way that Council is assisting to alleviate the financial constraints of women and help them become financially independent. The Mayor of KMC made the statements on Tuesday 1st December 20

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GGC Debunks Claims of Cash Shortage at 'Seccos'

The Managing Director of the Gambia Groundnuts Cooperative Company, Muhammed Njie, has refuted claims that there is shortage of cash with the Secco (buying point and store) Managers. Director Njie made the rebuttal in an interview at his office on Monday 21st December, 2020. On Monday 14th December, Foroyaa visited Njau and Panchang seccos, all in Upper Saloum District, where Agib bank officials on the ground together with the Secco managers said they were not paying because of cash inadequacy.

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Insufficient Cash Hinders Groundnut Buying At Njau Secco

Authorities at the Njau Secco in CRR North have confirmed to this reporter that daily insufficient cash disbursements, is hindering the buying of groundnuts at their Secco. The Secco authorities said a limited amount of about one hundred thousand dalasi is usually given to them each day for onward payment to farmers who bring their nuts at the Secco. When enquiries were made by this reporter, he was told by the Secco authorities that the amount given to them for that particular day, was exhauste

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Rice Import Rises, Production Declines, Despite Donor Intervention

The importation of rice is rising year- in and year- out while the national production level is declining annually despite donor intervention in the production of the staple. Rice is the major staple for Gambians with a per capita consumption of 117kg. The national requirements for rice in 2019 was 398,364 metric tons (MT) while the national production was estimated at only 22,706 metric tons (MT) or only 5.7 percent of the country's needs. This low production in rice indicates vividly that the

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The Untold Story OF Youths In Berending Championing Agricultural Production

Like most budding associations in The Gambia, especially that receives less or no support, the challenges they grapple with are usually many. Financial constraints always top the list. BEYAA could not accomplish some of its targeted plans due to lack of funds, Bah told Foroyaa. But despite the unintended constraint, Bah said they succeeded in keeping the association to be alive and kicking, up and running since 2013. They are now expanding their tentacles- a move Lie Bah said cannot be accomplis

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Vegetables Sellers Urge Government to Build Storage Facilities

Vegetables sellers at the Serrekunda market urged the Government to build storage facilities where they can keep their vegetables for long periods so that they will not perish. These women vendors said they import their vegetables from Senegal to the Gambia and spend huge amounts of money to buy and transport them to the country; but that at the end of the day, most of them get spoilt because they do not have market for all their products. Metta Manneh a vegetable seller at the Serrekunda market

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Agric. Ministry Distributes Hundreds of Farming Equipment To Reduce Women's Drudgery

The Ministry of Agriculture has begun distributing different types of farming equipment to various regions across the country in a bid to reduce the hard work Gambian women endure in their farming activities. The minister of the aforesaid ministry, Amie Fabureh told lawmakers in Banjul last week that the distributed farming equipment was two hundred and ninety-eight (298). "The machines are brought to the communities {in order} to reduce drudgery on women," she said. Minister Fabureh's remarks w

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