By Ousman A. Marong
Fatima Gaye, founder of Gaye Njorro Farm Project has called on the young people to actively engage in local organic farming.
Speaking during an interview with Mamos Media at her farm in New Yundum on Tuesday, Ms Gaye highlighted that chemical products are hazardous to human health, crops and even the soil nutrients. She said her farm produces pure organic products as well as adds value to locally made products.
“Chemical products decrease the nutrients of the soil and lead to less rain, healthiness and endless pollution, as well as low yield to the production sector.
“We are into making of compost, bio pesticides solution, moringa soap, pawpaw seedlings, seeds, fruits, pure honey, lemon juice, pepper sauce, tomato paste, and jam, among others.” she explained.
Organic farming, she said, lowers the risks of environmental pollution and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by severely restricting the use of manufactured products.
“Soils that are rich in organic matters hold more air and water and produce higher yield than soils with low organic matter, because organic also supply a steady release of nutrients to plant, inhibit erosion, and house a robust population of beneficial microorganisms.” she further said.
The young agriculturist equally called on government and relevant stakeholders to help support young female agriculturists who venture into agrarian activities.
This, she stated, would help them actively participate in development initiatives, thus helping curb irregular migration in the country.
“The government should encourage the use of organic agriculture in the country and acknowledge that the sector is the backbone of the country,” she said.
She also pointed out the lack of financial muscles to move her farm produce beyond subsistence farming.
Organic farming is a technique, which involves the cultivation of plants and rearing of animals in natural ways. This process involves the use of biological materials, avoiding synthetic substances to maintain soil fertility and ecological balance thereby minimizing pollution and wastage.