Several feeder roads (farm-to-market) rehabilitated through the joint partnership of the Liberia-Swedish Feeder Roads Projects (LSFRP) are still in good shape in five of the administrative districts of Lofa County.
During a visit to three of the five districts, it was observed that various categories of farmers were transporting their produce to markets in the county.
However, the challenge, according to famers, is the lack of commercial vehicles to transport produce to the nearest markets in the county.
The second foremost challenge, according to the farmers, is that most of the people are without money due to the economic damage of the Ebola outbreak in the county.
Thirdly, they said, a majority of the commercial vehicles are in poor condition.
“It is commendable that the Liberian government and support partners have addressed the issue of feeder roads in here,” several farmers interviewed said.
In the newly established Quardu Boni administrative and electoral district, residents appealed for improvement in the transportation sector.
“We are cocoa, coffee and peanut farmers and access to improved transportation will reduce the cost of our products,” Jomandy Mamadee Dukuly asserted.
Farmer Dukuly pointed out that the rehabilitated feeder roads in the district will improve their access to nearby markets.
“It is poor transportation that gives us a hard time,” Mr. Dukuly declared.
Dukuly commended the Liberian government and partners for the feeder road rehabilitation in the district that will ease, to some extent, their transportation problems.