Bardera Town


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Bardera  Town is an important agricultural  town in the Gedo region of Somalia. It is the second most populous town in the Juba Valley, with Kismayo being the largest and most densely populated town  in the region, and Garbahaarreey serving as Gedo’s capital.

The town is also reputed as a hub of Islamic scholarship and agricultural production.

Bardera is situated 2-3 degrees latitude north of the equator and at a longitude of 42-43 degrees. It is characterized by warm weather and high humidity. The climate is ideally suited for year-round crop production.

Population

Bardera Town  has a population of 51,300 people

Agriculture

There are two types of farming which exist in Bardera area: Irrigated farming and seasonal farming.

Many medium- and small-scale farms near the river use water pumping machines. These motors irrigate the land with canals, and farmers plant crops. The majority of farmers use a low-tech farming method of farming during the two rainy seasons . Small operation farms are found throughout Gedo region, far away from the river banks where families plant sorghum, maize, and beans on any land that is suitable for farming.

Mogadishu’s fruit and vegetable market used to have a section containing Bardera’s famous onion product. Since the start of the civil war in Somalia, produce from Bardera to large urban centers like Mogadishu, Kismayo, or Baidoa were diverted to Kenyan markets such as Wajir, Garissa,Mombasa, and Nairobi.

There are many beautiful palm trees along the river bank and almost every farm has one or two palm trees.

Large numbers of Bardera’s residents make their living working in the many small and large farms on the span of the Jubba River in Bardera District

Sorghum, corn or maize, different types of onions, beans, sesame, tobacco, and fruits such as bananas, watermelon, oranges, papayas, and mangoes, from Bardera farms reach markets as far as Djibouti, about 3,000 km away to the north of Somalia.

Economy

The economy of Bardera is largely agriculture-based. Animal husbandry also figures prominently, with livestock kept for meat, milk and butter.

Medical facilities

Functioning health centers include:

  • Somali Red Crescent MCH
  • HIRDA MCH
  • West Bardera Maternity Unit and
  • East Bardera Mothers and Children’s Hospital, now Bardera Maternity Hospital

Transportation

Road

The population uses basic modes of transportation; only a small percentage of the district residents owns motor vehicles. People mostly get from place to place on foot. Each morning scores of people enter the town  on foot from all directions bringing livestock to the animal market, and milk, butter, hide, wood for cooking and other products for sale.

There are independent taxi car operators who transport customers in white Toyota automobiles.

Air

Bardera Airport, charter flights of small planes land at the unpaved airstrip in the northeastern section of the   town although there are no scheduled flights into Bardera Airport.

Waterways

The Jubba River divides the town   in half.

Education

For higher education, there are two tertiary education institutions

  • University of Gedo and
  • Bardera Polytechnic.

Media

Bardera has two FM radio stations:

•           Markabley Radio

•           Bardera Radio