Heightening COVID 19 Sensitization Goldtree Brings Life to Kailahun District
Goldtree, a oil palm producing Company estate, located at Old Mill Road, Daru Town, Jawei Chiefdom in Kailahun District has not only embarked on Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) sensitization, but has also taken to higher esteem by indigenes in their operational areas for honouring Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR). (Photo: Demonstrating handwashing)
Explaining their role in the fight against COVID-19, the Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for the Company, Momoh K. Sheriff said, they had begun sensitization workshops on COVID-19 prevention, distributed Veronica Buckets and soap within its operational areas, emphasizing that understanding the signs and symptoms of the deadly virus is key in the fight.
He discussed that Goldtree is currently operating at 16 chiefdoms of which 9 are in Kailahun District and 7 in Kenema District with approximately 400 villages.
Mr. Sheriff maintained that negotiations on the lease for the Old Daru Oil Palm Company Estate started November 2007 and agreed in 2008, adding that the Company also started an independent smallholder’s scheme with five thousand farmers (5,000).
Between 2016 and 2017, Mr. Sheriff said the company extended to Lower Jawei and Malema Chiefdoms.
He stated that in 2019, Goldtree obtained organic certification for its smallholders and presently working on RSPO certification.
According to the CSR Officer, the Company is now managing a 20MT/hr mill, a 2, 000 nucleus plantation and an independent smallholders scheme with nine thousand (9, 000) smallholder farmers.
On the area of employment and capacity building, Sheriff said Goldtree has a total of 13 expatriates and local managers, 52 senior and 159 junior staff, comprised both male and female, while he said the Company has various training programs for staff on knowledge, work safety, gender equity and staff rights.
On community assistance in their operational areas, the CSR Officer highlighted that they constructed and rehabilitated roads, culverts, bridges, Barrie, toilets and water wells.
He entreated that they also supported education through scholarship scheme, noting that they dished out improved seedlings, cash crops for inter cropping and cash loans to farmers.
“We organized training for farmers on best practice farming techniques and organic certification”, he stated and concluded that in order to encourage farmers to take ownership of the process, Sheriff said they organized annual raffle draw for smallholders wherein a motor bike is designed for star price, other prices include seedlings, zinc, bags of cement, bicycles and Wheel Barrows among other things.
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