For a while now, Gambia’s farmers, particularly small scale vegetable producers, have been complaining of a poor market system, which is discouraging many from embarking on vegetable production in the country. Local farmers also lack sufficient cold storage facilities to preserve perishable products such as onions when the supply is higher than demand in the market. This often leads to a poor market for producers and results in losses.
That is why Tom Senghore, head of the horticulture research program of the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) of Gambia, has called on his compatriots to purchase onions from local producers. The horticultural researcher said purchasing vegetable products from local producers will empower Gambian small scale producers economically.