In many developing countries, lack of storage facilities is one of the main challenges confronting agric development. Every year, post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables due to lack of proper storage or the inability to transport food leads to significant losses.
To remedy this, there was the launch of a solar cold storage project worth over D615,800 (€ 9.850) for female Gambian traders at Serrekunda market. The project is designed to help women engage in the vegetable business to minimize the high percentage loss of vegetables due to the lack of cold storage facility within the market.
The project could not have come at a better time than now when a number of women traders with perishable foods have long cried for help without success.
The project funders have expressed resolve to expand the project to all other 18 markets within the municipality. Many women in the market have lost businesses due to the pandemic. So this development is very timely as efforts are on course to help the economic recovery of The Gambia.