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Vol 6 (AAC) No 10

Published 1st August 2013


Liberia

Clashes but Sime Darby deal goes ahead

Sime Darby's rubber and palm-oil plantation wins backing from community leaders after facing NGO opposition. An attractive rehousing plan may have helped

Despite falling foul of local communities and environmentalists, in late June Malaysian palm oil giant Sime Darby finally won approval to cultivate rubber and palm oil on 5,000 hectares of land in Grand Cape Mount County, western Liberia. Local leaders signed a memorandum of understanding with Sime Darby Plantation Liberia, represented by General Manager Roslin Azmy Hassan, at a ceremony on 28 June in Falie, one of three towns in the Zodua Clan district that will now host the palm oil producer’s expansion.

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