Wild fire outbreak recently destroyed dozens of cashew farms in Kiang Keneba in Lower River Region. The incident left families shocked and appealing for financial assistance.
Ebrima Bajo, victim of the fire told our reporter that his family was benefiting from the farm that the fire has burnt completely. “I am a teacher but the salary I receive is not good enough which is why I engage in cashew farming,” he said.
The father of 5 added that he uses the money generated from the farm to feed his family, pay school fees for his children and also buy clothing for the family.
He further said that the farm he lost is beneficial to his family and they are worried on what their living conditions will be. “When there is a bumper harvest, the family will sometimes harvest over two hundred (200) bags of cashew,” he explained.
According to Bajo, his farm has over one thousand three hundred (1300) cashew plants that have been burned by the fire. “The fire has really affected the family and now leaving us in serious condition,” he added.
He said: I have 16 brothers and sisters and they all benefit from the farm. I’m urging the public to help me and my family because the fire has destroyed the farm.
He said his family was at the farm to stop the fire but the environment was too windy they could not stop the fire, resulting in burning entire the farm.