Reuters | 19 March 2014
Fire destroys 200 hectares of Sime Darby’s Liberia plantation
A fire has destroyed about 200 hectares of an oil palm plantation owned by Malaysian firm Sime Darby in the northwest of Liberia, company sources said on Wednesday.
Sime Darby has one of the largest oil plantations in the West African country with a planned total investment of over $2 billion. It has signed an agreement with Liberia to develop about 220,000 hectares of land for 63 years.
So far, it has planted about 10,000 hectares of palm.
But the company has met resistance from some locals who have accused it of not properly informing them of the scale and implications of the project….