Agric minister sympathises with women gardeners amid fire outbreak

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The minister of Agriculture has expressed sympathy with the women gardeners of Kinteh Kunda Janneya in Lower Baddibu District over the recent inferno that ravaged their garden. She promised her ministry’s quest to support them.

Amie Fabureh while lamenting over the unfortunate incident, maintained that it is an emergency situation that needs to be addressed.

“Of course, there is a need for a need assessment, as ministry will sit and discuss how best we can extend help to these people immediately.”

Agric minister, however, indicated that it will take some time because the concerned authorities need to do proper evaluation and procurement studies to have quality fencing materials.

She thus applauded the women of Kinteh Kunda Janneya, who she added, strive under difficult conditions and circumstances to make ends meet. She also observed that even though a lot of women are into gardening, they still lack proper boreholes and other farming materials to boost their production.

“I felt bad when I visited this garden and these women are doing a lot because looking at the area it is all green.”

Among other challenges the women face in the area are lack of concrete wells to boreholes, as they depend on their own local wells to produce vegetables.

Minister Fabureh disclosed that the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is currently constructing another garden for the community that would be well fenced with adequate water supply. This construction, she said, will go a long way in mitigating the perennial troubles of fire outage at community gardens across the country.

She thus advised women gardeners to immediately clear the perimeter fence of their gardens immediately after the rains to avoid fire outbreaks.

Author: Yunus S. Saliu