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toubab1020 Posted - 25 Dec 2021 : 20:25:46




Rainfall this year has been inconsistent, characterized by heavy down pours and long dry spells. The long dry spells seem to have had its toll on the yields of Gambian farmers which will impact on not only the earnings of farmers but export earnings and GDP.

Foroyaa will collect available data from the authorities that indicate the total production of groundnuts this year compared to last year.
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toubab1020 Posted - 20 Jan 2022 : 21:51:35
Broken machinary lorries cannot unload, cash problems, all these difficulties should be part of history by now,





By Lamin Fatty on January 17, 2022

Farmers in URR rush to their groundnuts buying points(seccos) when the news of cash availability broke out on Sunday, 9 January, 2022.

Accordingly, farmers who took their groundnuts to GGC buying points for sale, did not receive the money for almost a week. On Sunday, when the news broke out that the secccos were supplied with cash, many farmers rushed to their buying points to receive their money on that particular Sunday evening as they were eager to get their cash.

This reporter also rushed to one of the buying points in Jah Kunda, Wulli West in URR north to ascertain this information. The secco president, Baka Kebbeh, confirmed that their buying point has received money on that day afternoon.

“I can confirm that the money is available now which we have received it in this afternoon, and as you can see farmers are to get their money because they have brought their ground nuts here for sale while then there was no money and they are here to collect their money,” secco President confirmed.

He added that the money brought may not sustain them for a week, because the amount is not enough to pay all the deficit and continue buying groundnut coming to their point. He indicated that this is the third time that his secco has been supplied with cash since the groundnut trade season began. However, he added that this recent supply is better as far as the cash amount supply is concerned.

“Because first time this secco was supplied with only D300, 000 which we began buying with that, secondly another D300, 000 was brought and this third one is even better because we are supplied with D700, 000 which was brought today’s afternoon but I am afraid it may not sustain us for even a week as the coming of ground nuts is increasing every day,” he posited.

This secco president of Jah Kunda buying point also used this opportunity to postulate on some of the constraints they are facing at that buying point, including lack of storage facility, where groundnut can be kept before final transportation to GGC main depot in Basse.

“Storage facility at this secco is a very big challenge we are facing right now, because our main store has collapsed since year before last and a small room where we keep our secco materials is being using to store ground nuts purchased which is also full. Now we have no option than to negotiate with a nearby compound head where we are now packing our purchased ground nuts before transporting it Basse,” he postulate.

He said he had been reported this issue to the management of GGC any time they visited this particular secco but still nothing is done about it.

According to this secco president also that there are delays at the main depot as vehicles are packed with loaded ground nuts and could not offload due to technical issue on the machine there.

This reporter also contacted Balang Mballow a secco President in Dingring buying point in Tumanna URR South ascertain that area too about the availability of the cash, Mr. Mballow also confirmed that they received the cash on day Sunday but also indicated that the money supplied to his secco cannot sustained for a week.

“I can confirm to you that the money is available today because we are supplied with one million dalasi (D1,000,000.00) but that cannot sustain us a week, I know even before tomorrow we may clear that, cash is always insufficient compared to the ground nuts appearing at this particular secco in Dingring. This secco makes more purchase on groundnuts compared to the other seccos in URR and in last year 2021, this secco produced 334.10 tons of ground nuts, and so far this year 2022, so far we purchased over 80 tons of groundnuts,” Balang Mballow said.

Duguneh Fofana, the regional chairman for secco presidents in URR when contacted for further confirmation, established that all seccos in the URR received money on Sunday and deficit payment is ongoing while buying continued.

“I am aware and I confirmed to you that all the buying points (secco) across URR are supplied with cash today Sunday 9th January 2022, after almost a week without cash, but now as I am talking to you deficit payment and buying are ongoing across the region,” regional chairman confirmed.

This reporter then on Monday visited GGC main depot in Basse to see what may be the factors responsible for delaying the offloading of the vehicles that transport groundnuts from the seccos machine.

“Seen is believing, as you can see the work is in progress and we are not having any problem on our machine that could delayed work here, if we anything to delay us could be the slow process of the system which is typical,” depot manager said. TRRC holds NIA, Military “Junglers”
toubab1020 Posted - 01 Jan 2022 : 20:25:20
Please read this article carefully,various difficulties are explained,in my opinion as a Toubab only and not a newspaper Reporter Kebba Secka has done an excellent report. I congratulate Kebba Secka.



By Kebba Secka on December 30, 2021

As part of Foroyaa’s mission to monitor, observe and evaluate the progress of each year’s groundnut trade season within the farming community, a visit was made to Panchang in the Upper Saloum District of the Central River Region by this reporter on Sunday, December 26, 2021, where secco officials and farmers disclosed that the Gambia may buy the largest tons of groundnut ever in this country this year, citing its price, believed to be better than any other year’s.

“As of now, what is bought in this secco (Panchang) has exceeded what was bought during the entire last year trade season. Last year, less than one hundred and thirty tons of groundnut was bought, and within a month this year, this secco has already bought more than the quantity bought last year, and we are still buying,” Fafa Jallow, the Panchang Secco President said; adding that this indicates that more nuts will be bought in the Gambia than ever before.

He opined that the process of buying nuts and the supply of cash, has been smoothly progressing much to the appreciation of both farmers and secco officials; stating that the last cash supply of D2,000,000 to the Secco was received on the 25 of December, 2021, and deposited in the Secco’s account for the buying of nuts on the spot, and the repayment of nuts that were obtained on credit during a brief interval of cash shortage.

On whether there had been any improvement on their commission, Jallow disclosed that this has also been improved, but varies depending on a Secco’s distance to the depot. Screening of nuts at the buying point is said to be optional for farmers. The secco president told this medium that some farmers like their nuts to be screened while others prefer to sell it as it is.

“Screening the nuts just depends on the agreement we have with the farmer,” said Abdoulie Jallow.

On whether there is any challenge for 2021 groundnut trade season, Jallow expressed satisfaction over the whole process while lamenting that some nuts are light in weight.

“Well, there is an issue of poor quality of nuts but this is not a major concern in this area. Most of the nuts sold here are heavy in weight. Most of the people around here sowed their nuts in the first rains and their nuts are of good quality. The light weight nuts are mainly caused by late sowing,” explained Panchang secco president.

He said the secco has a watchman and the Police Intervention Unit in the area often provide back up at night.

According to Jallow, there is full assurance that Gambia will buy the largest tons of nuts ever bought in this country because no Gambian thinks of selling their nuts across the border; indicating that border villages in Senegal are crossing to sell their nuts because the price is better in the Gambia.

Yarro Sambou, the Alkalo of Touben village in Upper Saloum, expressed appreciation for this year’s farm gate, calling on the Government to further increase it to thirty dalasi. He also lamented that he is not appreciative of the shortage of cash supply that often happens for a week.

“If cash was abundantly available all the time, there would have been more groundnuts,” the Alkalo said.

According to him, supply of cash is not forthcoming because he is among those whose nuts were bought on credit for almost a week. He, however, calls on Government to facilitate access to enough fertiliser for farmers especially during the moment when their nuts are being bought.

“We want to cultivate varieties of crops like coos, millets, or even rice and vegetables but we are hindered by fertiliser. We want it to be sold to us at this time so that we can buy enough and keep it for the next rainy season,” said Sambou.

Commenting on what causes less weight nuts, Sambou said it affects only people who sowed their seeds late. He said he is among those farmers with light weight nuts because he did not have enough farm tools or machinery to be able to sow on time.
toubab1020 Posted - 25 Dec 2021 : 20:37:37
Related Topic: Security of Cash at a SECCO



Surley ANY theft is significant ?

The police are carring out their investications so any clarification may interfere with the investication.

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