The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Chief, Peace Consolidation Services, Dr. Francis Kai-Kai says the management of Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) should be appreciated for what he calls ‘great development’ in the country.
Speaking after touring the plantation and inspecting the state of the art mill of the company in western Liberia, Kai-Kai said he is impressed to have seen such development in that part of the country.
According to the UNMIL’s staff, the investment is in a positive direction because it is going to help the country gross domestic products and bring income to the country and its citizens.
Although Kai-Kai has been touring other plantations across the country, he said the management must be seriously appreciated for the level of work it has done, especially in its operational counties, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, and Gbarpolu counties.
“Sime Darby plantation has done a great work because I know all the concessions have faced tremendous challenges especially in the initial stages, but they have tried to overcome a number of those. I have been around the country, I think I see very big prospects here and positive development and I know it will be very helpful for Liberia,” he said.
Recounting on some of the challenges concessionaires faced especially with land, Kai-Kai said he understands the difficulties the company faced in acquiring land.
Also speaking, the Mill Manager of SDPL, MoHdRizaMohdArif said the Mill processes 30 tons of oil palm per hour or 600 tons per day which is one of the largest in the country.
Sime Darby’s presence in the country is helping to stimulate a beautiful work of economic growth in the country. Many Liberians and foreign nationals have since begun praising the company for living up to the terms of the agreement due to its strong global reputation as a leader in the oil palm industry.
Sime Darby Plantation Liberia has more than 10,000 hectares of land planted with oil palm in Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi Counties. Communities in project counties are offering land in new areas, which could see the company making additional strides into expanding its operations in the country.
For his part, the Head of Sime Darby Plantation Liberia, Mr.David Parker MBE said he is happy for the country because Liberia is a best place to invest.
Parker further reassured the willingness of the company to empower the farmers and the communities to see themselves as serious partners to the company.