We refer to an article published on Mongabay on 14 September headlined Liberia land policy a ‘challenge to national development’. Sime Darby Plantation would like to categorically state that it is not involved in any ‘land grabs’. The company only develops land where it has the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of affected communities.
We would also like to clarify other inaccuracies in the article:
1. Statement: Sime Darby, a Malaysian oil company and citizens of Grand Cape Mount county have on several occasions had bitter disputes Actual situation:
2. Statement: the company has gone beyond the boundary as spelled out in the agreement
3. Statement: the company is destroying their farmlands
4. Statement: residents don’t know exactly how many hectares of land was granted to Sime Darby by the government
5. Statement: the company expanding its plantation every year
|Year Planted||Oil Palm||Rubber||Oil Palm Rubber|
|TOTAL PLANTED HECTARAGE||10330||107||10437|
*Land clearing and planting stopped due to Moratorium in September 2014
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