The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Sime Darby On Long-Term Vision for Liberia

The management of Sime Darby Plantation (Liberia) Incorporated has called on the Ministry of Education to develop a curriculum for the study of plantation management here.

Sime Darby through its subsidiary, Sime Darby Plantation, signed a 63-year concession agreement with the Government of Liberia in 2009, for 220,000 hectares of land to develop oil palm and rubber plantations.

However, the management has targeted 120,000 hectares for cultivation in 11 years on a short-term basis, providing employment for 2,988 persons, including Liberians. Sime Darby Plantation (Liberia) Inc. Project Head Mr. Roslin Azmy Hassan made the call here on Thursday, 21 December during a year-end encounter with the local media.

He disclosed that the company is sponsoring two Liberians in Malaysia to study Mechanical Engineering, while others are pursuing studies in Plantation Management and Education, and upon completion of study, they will get automatic employment.

Mr. Hassan said Sime Darby Plantation's goal is to make Liberia the hub for oil palm production in Africa, adding, "Oil pal price will never drop because it is a food item. As long as the people grow there will be continued demand for oil."

The Sime Darby's current concession area is spread out in four counties: Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, Bong and Gbarpolu. Under the concession agreement, the company will work with smallholders to develop an additional 44,000 hectares under an Outgrowers' Scheme, which is designed to assist smallholders and local communities.

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