Chief Engineer Shamaruddin Abu Sarach said the mills installation for processing of palm oil begins in April this year, and may be completed in 20 months with each mill targeting 15 hectares of land.
The company has a 63-year lease agreement with the Government of Liberia to cultivate over 300,000 hectares or 760,000 acres of land otherwise referred to as the Gross Concession Area.
The Head of Region for Sime Darby Plantation Upstream Project Roslim Azmy Hassan, said of the total amount of hectares needed for its operations, a little over 10,000 have been plowed so far.
Land access seems to be a challenge to its expansion quest as local residents sometimes become hesitant to give up their land to concessions, which is their only inheritance. Between 2010 and 2011 the company encountered resistance from local communities, who argued that they had not been consulted.But all seems to have changed considerably after meetings of multi-stakeholders, including community dwellers, non-government organizations, the Government of Liberia and the Sime Darby management in an effort to allay all fears and let […]