Former Margibi Representative Candidate Turns Ventures Into Agriculture

KONOLA, Margibi – A former representative candidate in Margibi’s fifth electoral district, Alice Baysah, has turned to investing in agriculture months after her defeat in the 2023 election.

Baysah, a first-time legislative candidate who ran on an independent ticket and finished third, losing to incumbent Rep. Clarence Gahr, had resigned from her job as real estate administrator for the Lutheran Church in Liberia before running.

Without prior agriculture experience, Baysah has leveraged her traditional farming skills and the wealth of information available on the internet to launch her small agriculture project. She told The Bush Chicken that she initially invested US$10,000 to grow cassava, mixed vegetables, and swamp rice on more than 15 hectares.

Although she did not win the seat, Baysah said she would focus on the sector in her constituency and other parts of the country.

“I intend to continue for the next seven to eight years once I have the money and strength, and even if I leave, others will continue,” she said.

Baysah said most of the crops on her farm died during her first attempt due to scorching weather and limited water. However, she still aims to expand the farm and help empower the jobless, especially those who worked with her on her campaign.

“If we don’t do something for the people to get something for themselves, they will regret following you,” she added.

Baysah’s story has inspired and instilled a sense of pride in many Margibians. Her unwavering commitment to her words is celebrated as a testament to her character.

Featured photo by Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel has over a decade of experience working as a community radio broadcaster. He is the Margibi correspondent for the Liberia Broadcasting System and the Manager for Classic FM 93.9 MHz, one of Liberia’s leading community radio stations. Emmanuel is also a member of the Press Union of Liberia and a 2016 Internews Health Journalism Fellow.

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