By Caroline V. Garnett, UL Mass Communication Department
The superintendent of Careysburg Statutory District Lester Binda has encouraged residents in his district to prioritize agriculture to increase the production in vegetables. He said he has cultivated 12 acres with a variety of vegetables including cabbage, lettuce, pepper, and cucumber.
Superintendent Binda, in an interview recently on his farm, said he has embarked on mobilizing citizens in the various communities in Careysburg to grow more food in the district.
“I am going around in the various towns and villages calling on people and encouraging them to engage in agriculture. Our district is ideally good for the production of vegetables because it is not far from Monrovia where vegetables are most in demand,” he stated.
He said that some residents who are being engaged in farming are assisted by his office with tools, chemicals, fertilizers, and seedlings.
He, however, said some challenges facing farmers in his district are the lack of market and the difficult to hire laborers.
“We do not have a specific place in the district for farmers to market their produce, except the general Red-light Market. We are working to contact supermarkets around Monrovia where the farmers can sell their produce,” she said.
“Since we took over we have been working to ensure that problem of youth unemployment is minimized by encouraging the youths to use agriculture for their employment,” he said.
He said not much money is being allotted in the Montserrado County budget for the district, and it is one thing he is working toward.
The superintendent said he has embarked on many development projects, including the renovation of the district compound and improvement of feeder roads in some towns and villages.
“The Crozierville road is one of the deplorable roads in the district that we are working to improve upon,” he added.
Binda also said he is working to unify the residents of his district. “I do have a very cordial relationship with the residents in the district. The people are always willing to agree with the decisions that I propose to them and I am always making sure to listen to them as well,” he said.