Gets full membership at International Rubber Research and Development Board
Officials of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, announced immediate plans to construct the future home of the association in the country.
The cost of the building is estimated at US$70,000, and will be erected near Kakata, Margibi County where the leadership acquired three plots of land.
RPAL’s President Wilhelmina G. Mulbah-Siaway, informed journalists at a press conference in Monrovia that when constructed, the home will train farmers the requisite skills in their line of work.
She said the essence of constructing the RPAL’s headquarters is to also serve as a resource hub for members and provide relevant information on the (rubber) commodities.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction is slated for April 15, 2019.
“We hope to raise the money through the farmers to build this office as it is in their best interest to have a place of their own instead of renting.”
Majority (two-thirds) of the Executive Committee approved of the headquarter’s construction.
Madam Siaway used the occasion to inform rubber farmers that the RPAL is now admitted into the International Rubber Research and Development Board (IRRDB).
The IRRDB is a research and development network, which brings together natural rubber research institutes in virtually all the natural rubber producing countries, covering 95 per cent of world natural rubber production.
She said membership to the IRRDB will enable RPAL to join forces with other countries on a flexible and deliberate on an informal basis.
Madam Siaway said the membership also affords Liberia the opportunity to share their experiences and problems and to avoid wasteful duplication of work.
According to her, this will help the RPAL to pool their financial resources, where appropriate to perform activities, which are too large or expensive for a single institute.
“IRRDB’s scientists have developed, and are developing very high yielding, medium gestation period and stress resistant clones that are making lots differences in the cultivation and production of the commodity crop in IRRDB member countries. Since we have now become member, we stand to tremendously benefit from these scientific breakthroughs in terms of having access to the best performing clones as well as a state of the art pest management in natural rubber production,” Madam Siaway said.