Tombo backyard gardeners call for government support

March 5, 2015 With Alusine Sesay & Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh

Backyard gardeners in the Tombo community in the Western Rural have called on government to assist them with seedlings and fertilizers.

In an interview with the coordinator of the backyard gardeners in Tombo, Mariatu Sesay, she told Concord Times that backyard gardening is the main occupation of over 300 women in Tombo and its surroundings, spanning years.

She said market women from different locations visit Tombo on a daily basis to buy vegetables and other edibles, including cassava leaves, carrots, among others.

“Doing backyard farming has become a career to many widows who have lost their husbands for years. They are currently serving as breadwinners to their families. Backyard gardening is their only means of survival and they use the proceeds to support their children’s education, medical and clothing,” she said.

Mariatu noted that they pay yearly lease to land owners who own over 20 acres of land on which they cultivate crops.

She, however, disclosed that some non-governmental organizations had over the years provided them with seedlings, fertilizers and other agricultural equipment, including watering-cans.