-Promise additional 2,500 hectares
Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) continues to attract citizens of its operational counties and beyond as evidenced by appeal from some residents of Goblah Clan in Klay District, Bomi County.
They have therefore called for the extension of the company’s operations into their district. The citizens made the appeal over the weekend when they unanimously agreed to invite the SDPL’s management to observe the area and reason to exten into their district by cultivating more palm trees.
The company has been operating in Sinjeh District in Bomi County and some parts of Grand Cape Mount County since 2010. The development is part of the company’s 63-year concession agreement signed with the Liberian government to cultivate 220 hectares of palm.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Malaysian company has strived to positively impact the lives of Liberians in the region through health, education, infrastructure and other basic social services including safe drinking water.
However, as part of efforts to feel the generosity of the company, Goblah Clan residents over the weekend invited the general manager, Ali Kamal, to dialogue with him for the possible expansion. One of the prominent citizens who spoke on behalf of the residents, said after carefully following the works of the company for the past years, they have realized that the management means well for the people of the region and Liberia in general.
According to Abdullah Navoo, based on consensus, citizens invited the general manager and his team to discuss how they can move into the clan as part of extension program.
Navoo said during their meeting, they discussed the out-grower scheme and the availability of over 2,500 hectares of carbon free land they have agreed to give to the company.
Out-grower scheme is a contractual partnership between growers or landholders and a company for the production of commercial forest products. Out-grower schemes or partnerships vary considerably in the extent to which inputs, costs, risks and benefits are shared between growers/landholders and companies.