Kanifing is a city in the west of Gambia. The municipality has launched a project to set up solar powered cold rooms for vegetable preservation in the markets. The aim of this initiative funded by the British government is to reduce losses and encourage women to enter the vegetable trade.
Cold rooms powered by solar energy are one of the best ways to improve vegetable preservation in Gambian markets. This solution is now being adopted by the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC). Work has started in Serekunda market, where a solar-powered cold room was recently inaugurated.
Musu Meta Manneh, representative of the Serekunda vegetable sellers: “[This is] one of the biggest projects ever received at the Serekunda market and this wonderful project will greatly help to reduce the losses we suffer on a daily basis”. She said this at the inauguration ceremony of the cold storage room at Serekunda Market, which cost 615,800 dalasis -US$11,800- to build.
The KMC plans to install solar-powered cold rooms in 18 other markets in Kanifing city.