MARKET GARDENING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE GAMBIA

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Vegetable gardening in The Gambia provides an important supplemental income for women farmers who grow tomato, onion, cabbage and other vegetables for sale on the local market, to restaurants and for export to Europe. Government and international agencies provide research and technical support, while non-governmental organizations (NGO's) provide production capital (such as wells) and marketing support. Production problems include pest management and the labor intensity of hand irrigation and harvesting. Growers cite low prices as their greatest constraint. Small local canning facilities may help alleviate market gluts and extend marketing and consumption opportunities beyond the fresh market production season.

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