From seeing farmers struggling to sell their products and from their desire to give Gambians better drink options, two Bakau brothers have established one of the country’s newest beverage companies called Urban Farmers.
In an interview with one of the brothers, Kemo Bojang explained: “We just wanted something different in The Gambia. Everything is imported and most of our farmers struggle to sell their products. We also want to reduce illegal migration to Europe by creating job opportunities for our fellow young people.”
He added: “My elder Brother, Alagie Saikou Bojang spoke to a few friends and they loved the idea of agriculture and agro entrepreneurship. At the moment, we employed three young people who help in the production.”
According to Kemo, who attends the University of the Gambia, they currently have four different types of beverage drinks on the market.
“They are made with wonjo (hibiscus flower), ginger, lemon and baobab),” he disclosed.
The sprouting entrepreneur further explained: “Our business is different because we have a philosophy of giving chance to Gambians by ordering and producing almost all our equipment in The Gambia, add value to our local produce. We will soon be available in all major shops, hotels and restaurants.”
Kemo hopes the involvement of young people in The Gambia’s food and drinks industry would help significantly in reducing the country dependency on imported beverage products.
When asked what advice he would give other entrepreneurial youth, he said: “There are a lot of opportunities in the New Gambia and it is only through unity we can find the diamond in the rubble.”