March 29, 2017 By Victoria Naomi Saffa
Public Relations Officer at SOCFIN Agricultural Company- Sierra Leone Limited, Easmon Moiguah, yesterday told Concord Times that his company would produce eight (8) million litres of palm oil this year from Sahn Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun district.
Moiguah, who was speaking to this medium in a telephone interview, said the company has been a blessing to the lives of many Sierra Leoneans, especially the youth which formed the larger population of the country.
He stated that the Company has planned to produce 20 million litres of palm oil by next year, and that they have a target to produce 55 million litres in the subsequent years, which he said would capacitate the company to invest and add more values.
He stated that the Company has employed over one thousand Sierra Leoneans and majority of them were youth and that most of the permanent staff were from Pujehun districts.
He explained that the company’s Processing Plant Mill was built in 2012 in Kotumahun village, outside Sahn Malen and cost USD22 million, with a capacity of 30 tons of Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) per hour, noting that the Plant would be used for processing and was being run by a 1.2 Mega Watt power generator.
The SOCFIN PRO cited some of the Corporate Social Responsibilities the company has render in and outside the Chiefdom including 1,000 bushels of floating seed rice to farmers, ploughed and harrowed by SOCFIN for Hongai, Gangama, Kotumahun, Gbongboma, Potain and Sahn malen communities for the 2016/2017 cropping season to reduce hunger in the chiefdom.
He stated that SOCFIN has commenced several projects including; repairing of Koribondo-Sahn malen highway which started 3 years ago, provision of scholarship to 23 Malen Junior Secondary School pupils that write the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), 40 petty traders who received microfinance loans and the construction of a fish pond at Gboyama in Malen chiefdom.
Moiguah said the company has donated hospital beds and supplied electricity to the Health facilities at Sengema, Tanninahun and Bendu in Sahn Malen chiefdom and that they have paid 31 billion Leones to land owners as compensation.