RPAL Breaks Ground For US$70,000 Headquarters Project In Montserrado
The Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) has broken ground for the construction of a headquarters project value at seventy thousand United States dollars (US$70,000) to be constructed in Cooper Farm Todee District Montserrado County.
The ceremony which was held on Thursday, April 18, 2019, brought together several personalities including the Chairman on Agriculture at the House of Representative Prince Tokpah, Margibi County Senator Oscar A. Cooper, Representatives of Firestone-Liberia and Lee Group of Enterprises among others.
Giving an overview of the program, the President of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia described the ceremony as a long-awaited dream to have the Organization sheltered under its own building.
Madam Wilhemina G. Mulbah Siaway narrated that the purpose of the project is to be able to host the International Community which RPAL has a membership with.
“And the purpose of this, we are now having membership with the International Community and which of course we stand to be able to host these people one day to come, and they cannot come to us as we visit them the reception given to us we know that and also their existence gave us that potential and the encouragement that we can also follow them to do that same thing” she adds.
The RPAL Boss indicates that Liberia who joined the Rubber Industry since 1910 is far behind while neighboring Ivory Coast that joined the Industry in 1957 is far ahead but said it is not too late for Liberia to be on par with Ivory Coast. She professed that this is the time that everyone in the sector can be able to work together to make Liberia catch-up with Ivory Coast.
She said the construction of the RPAL’s headquarters will give its members the opportunity to carry out workshop and train farmers, disseminating information like other Countries with research Institute have done.
Additionally, Madam Siaway said the way RPAL can pass information over to the farmers is to have a place where workshops can be held rather than renting a hall and increasing cost.
The Rubber Planters Association of Liberia President said with their own building she thinks it will be feasible enough to be able to host their farmers and train them on information and the new technology being developed in the Rubber Industry.
She encouraged everyone including the Rubber Planters to see the project as their own and support it as it will enable them to achieve their dream.
For his part, the Chairman on Agriculture at the House of Representative Prince Tokpah pledged his support to the initiative stating, ‘As for me I always like to be part of positive things; and this is one of the positive things that we have come to see how we can support’.
Rep. Tokpah stated used the occasion to call on the Government of Liberia to see a reason to fast track the issue of the 1.7million United States dollars stimulus package for RPAL to be able to improve the rubber sector.
He added that if the amount is pumped to the sector, the issue of no money, farmers shutting down their farms and employees demonstrating among others will not reoccur.
when he got to know Madam Siaway under his administration as Chairman on Agriculture at the Lower House, the Rubber Planters Association was going from bad to worse where there was no money, farmers were shutting down and demonstration among others was taking place.
“Because if they are working no trouble on the farm, production is booming it also helps the government and the economy and that has been in the pipeline for some time. Most of the rubber farms are closed down and we don’t want that to happen because the farmers are the ones helping the government to reduce unemployment rate so if they close down, it means that burden is going to come on government” he said.
The Nimba County Lawmaker described agriculture as the backbone of Liberia’s economy with rubber being of no exception. Rep. Tokpah meanwhile gave his initial contribution of fifty (50) bags of cement to the RPAL and promised to do more as the project progresses.