Sanyang Women Gardeners’ Patience Wears thin with Nissim.
The women vegetable gardeners at Sanyang village, Kombo South District are complaining they cannot bear the stench and smoke emanating from the Mauritanian fishmeal factory, Nissim. They claim it is unbearable.
Women gardeners who do their daily agricultural activities at Banko – a place a few meters away from Nissim Fish meal Factory complained that their work as seasonal gardeners is affected any time the factory starts its operations. According to them, the quantity of smoke that is released from the factory could have a long lasting health implication for them if the trend continues.
Kaddy Saidy, a vegetable farmer, told The Point that any time the factory start its operations the entire place becomes dark as a cloudy sky.
She explained that whenever the factory starts operations and the smoke is released, their breathing system changes completely, feeling as if something unusual is in their chests.
“Last year, the same thing happened and most of us working here had to water our crops earlier and go home in order to avoid any inhalation of the bad odor and smoke,” she said.
“So if we are seeing such a thing again this year then our hopes are only in God.”
Amie Kolleh Bojang, another gardener also said they have been doing gardening at the area for the past 10 years, pointing out that before the advent of the fishmeal factory, they had not been facing such a problem.
“The smoke really disturbs us a lot as women who are searching for the survival of our families. We are just pleading with the government to help us.”
“I am not going to lie to you; it really disturbs us a lot, and it’s even difficult sometime to properly open our eyes,” she concluded.