Sime Darby Plantation To Inaugurate Its First US$18M Oil Palm Mill In Western Liberia

sdi1The ongoing construction work at the new Oil Palm Mill, expected to be completed in January of 2017

The Sime Darby Plantation, a Malaysian Conglomerate Plantation Company operating in western Liberia has disclosed that it will inaugurate one of the modern palm oil mills in Liberia early next year at the cost of US$18m and further noted that upon the completion of this state-of-art oil palm mill Liberians will have additional employment opportunities with the company.

One of the locals who has been employed by the Company is pouring praises on his employer
One of the locals who has been employed by the Company is pouring praises on his employer

This initiative by Sime Darby Liberia will be seen one the major breakthrough in its overseas investment after breaking ground for its first palm oil mill on African soil, after it was officially pronounced by the Company in 2014 in Grand Cape Mount County, Western Liberia.

Mr. Mohj Zvlkifi Front Liner Senior Maneger
Mr. Mohj Zvlkifi Front Liner Senior Manager speaking to a team of journalists at the plantation site

Taken reporters on a tour of the ongoing construction work of this modern oil palm factory, the Mill Front Linder Seniro Manager, Mr. Mohd Riza Mohd Arrif said when the construction work is completed the mill will process some 30/60 tons of Fresh Fruit Brunches (FFB) of oil palm per hour which will be one of the largest in the country.

Some local employees of the Company who spoke to reporters debunked critics of the Company and overwhelmingly expressed their appreciation to the Company for affording them the opportunity of employments which have made them to feed their family and also afford to also educate their children by sending them to the Company’s owned academic.

sdi6Journalists touring facilities at the Sime Darby Plantation in Grand Cape Mount County

For his part, the Chief Engineer for the Sime Darby Plantation Liberia, Mr. Shamaruddin Abu Salah also disclosed that the completion of this multi-million oil production plant (Mill), it will help to boost the economic growth of Liberia, and will also reduce the high unemployment rate in the Country.

Sime Darby Plantation Liberia has more than 10,000 hectares of land planted with oil palm in Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties. Communities in both counties are offering land in new areas, which could see the company making additional strides into expanding its operations in Liberia.

See below full coverage of the tour made at the Plantation by a team of Journalists today, August 26, 2016

Mr. Wanfavzan  Sime Darby Engineer  explaining to journalists

Mr. Mohd Riza Mohd Arrif, Plant Manager also spoke to journalists

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.