The director general of the Center for Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Dr. Walter Wiles, has promised to make the institute a vibrant entity.
Speaking recently in Suakoko, Bong County, Dr. Wiles said with the collaborative effort of the staff, CARI will become the center for agricultural development in Liberia.
Dr. Wiles, along with other board members, including Mr. S. Tornolah Varpilah as chairman; the director-general of the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research, Professor Roland Massaquoi; Mrs. Mai Urey; Josephine George Francis (members) were appointed recently by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to help improve the institute.
He noted that cooperation would make work at the center very smooth to put CARI back on the right path.
For too long, Dr. Wiles said, the center has not lived up to its task to provide better services to the country.
He urged the staff to improve their work in the various field of study to move the country forward in terms of food security.
Dr. Wiles pledged to work with the team to ensure the progress of CARI.
As part of his involvement in rapid development at CARI, according to Dr. Wiles, who served as director general of CARI in the 1980’s, he will strengthen the institute with seed multiplication and other farming activities.
“CARI can be well developed through a team approach because when we work as a team, we will improve this research center and then partners will be willing to provide work and support for the agriculture sector,” he said.
He also disclosed that there would be serious focus on intensive research activities for an improved agriculture sector.
According to Dr. Wiles, the Institute will ensure prospects for the sector during the tenure of his administration.
The CARI director – also head of Institutional Development at the University of Liberia – appreciated the government for affording Liberian scientists the opportunity to achieve their master’s degrees and Ph.Ds abroad.
The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Moses Zinnah, welcomed the director general of CARI and promised to work together to transform the agriculture sector.
He stressed that the main focus of the Ministry is to improve the agriculture sector in order to make Liberia food sufficient.