SCORES of farmers and agro-processors on Friday turned out in their numbers to showcase and sell some of their produce and products at the Wismar Market Square.
According to head of the region’s agriculture committee, Mark Goring, cash crop and livestock farmers, agro-processors and other entrepreneurs were able to market their small businesses and sell their produce.
“It was excellent, wonderful; it was four times the size it was last month. The turnout was really overwhelming, and the people of Linden came out and supported the farmers. We had so many farmers out there that everybody sold out.”
Goring said that while the initiative provided farmers and other entrepreneurs with an opportunity to sell and promote their produce, it also gave the consumers who were gathered at the market day an opportunity to experience the benefits of investing in the region’s agricultural sector.
“It gave the people of Linden the opportunity to see some of the things that are being produced right here in Linden that they actually think is being imported,” Goring said, adding: “Everything was selling “cheap and sweet,” so persons came out and support, persons came out and got their greens freshly picked, straight from the farm to the bag.”
Given the success of the day’s events, Goring noted that the Regional Democratic Council and Agriculture Committee of Region 10 will be officially adding the event to the council’s monthly calendar to promote agriculture in the region.
He explained that the initiative held under the theme, “Buy local, grow local, consume local,” will provide a space for those in Linden and other surrounding communities to showcase their talent, as well as promote agriculture and create job opportunities for youths of the region.
“We are providing a space where the people of Linden can access their farmers, and also at the same time we are creating employment,” Goring said.
He added that many farmers have since expressed interest in doubling their production which he hopes will generate employment for more youths and residents in the region. Goring further stated that the agriculture committee will also be tapping into other markets across the country with regards to exporting fruits and vegetables to other regions. “As we go along, we expect it to be bigger and better; we want to tap into the other regions around Region 10, bordering nearly all the regions, except for Regions Two and One. And so, if we develop our agriculture sector, we can export to all these other regions,” the regional official said.
The next farmers’ market will be held on April 23 at the Wismar Market Square, from 06: 00hrs. to 15:00hrs. Persons are advised to be mindful of all COVID-19 protocols.