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Agricultural Day Trip

This Agricultural day trip consists of a variety of visits and experiences. First you will visit the Bee farm, after you will go to the knowledge centre of vegatables and crops. Where you will be treated to an extensive lunch.

After the lunch you will go to the Kombo Dairy Farm, where Gambian Cows are crossed with Dutch Cows. You will be able to see (and taste) the modern Gambian ranch and the way they make yoghurt.

The day trip starts from 9:30 am (picked up at the hotel) until about 4pm, this includes lunch and tickets for 1,000 Dallasi.

Visit the knowledge centre of vegatables and crops

The Solar Project

The Biogas Project

The Plant Nursery

The Ecological Vegetable Gardening

Editorial piece from a visitor

We were welcomed very friendly and enthusiastic by Kelly (a Dutch lady). Their company exists out of various departments:

  • a kitchen, where they give workshops how to prepare African vegatables,
  • a solar energy project
  • a biogas project
  • a plant nursery
  • ecological vegetables gardening
  • a regular vegetables gardening.

And that all at just a few hectares.

Lamin took us for a tour and explained everything in an easy to understand English.

The Kitchen

The president of Gambia wants that tourists to consume more local products. So workshops are prodived to restaurantcooks to prepare "tourist friendly" dishes with local products.

The Solar Project

The solar project consists of a box with a cover. The cover is covered with reflecting tinfoil. By opening the cover halfway it will catch (and reflect) the sun into the box. This way the temperature in the box can get up to 135 degreesC (275F) and is used to bake bread or boil water. If the temperature gets to high, they just adjust the angle of the cover.

Biogas Project

It looks the same as in The Netherlands, only many times smaller.

  • Two wells: 1 of 200 liter and 1 of 2.000 liter.
  • Rotten vegatables and cow dung is put into the well via a side entrance.
  • A big plastic bucket is upside down placed in the well, and thus covering it.
  • The mixture then starts rotting and yeasting which causes gas to come loose. The gas is captured in the upside down bucket and via a hose the gas is transported to the kitchen in order to cook.

The Plant Nursery

In the sandy grounds seeds do not growi very well. Potting soil is too expensive, therefore they experimented with their own compost untill this worked well. Many local vegatable farmers and families come to see how this works and try to copy it on their own.

The Ecological Vegetable Gardening

This is gardening without fertilizer or poison. They only use compost (mixture of plant residues and cow dung), with a kind of charcoal pieces.

The charcoal they make by filling a big iron barrel with little wooden sticks of about 3 cm thick. This barrel they put upside down in a bigger barrel. The space between the barrels is filled with other pieces of wood, which they put on fire. Due to the heat the little sticks carbonize.

At the trail piece it was clearly visable that the carbonized sticks had a positive inpact on the growth of the crops. According to Lamin this is because of the high calcium carbonate level. A noticable thing was that they also plant Afrikaantjes (the plant) to reduce malignant nematodes in the ground.

Regular Vegatable Gardening

Instantly we saw persistant weeds, Olifantgras (elephant grass) named. This is a big problem for Gambia, so big, that even farmers decide not to harvest on land with Olifantgras.

 

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