The Gambian government has announced plans to impose a moratorium on the import of onions to help boost the markets for local producers. About 612 tons of onions have been produced by local producers for public consumption, the officials said.
Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Fatou Kinteh- Sanyang said at a press conference: “The government is ready to make sure there will be a moratorium at the time. So that there will be no onion importation at this time.”
She noted that the moratorium will be imposed during the onion season in the Gambia to ensure local producers have good market, adding that after the season in the country government will lift the suspension for business people to import the foreign onions .
“It will also promote commercial farming in the country, whenever the women know that there are business people who are ready to buy more local products they will cultivate large scale,” she said, calling on all business people to support and empower the local producers, especially the women, to ensure they produce more food stuff in the country.