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Mr. Dahn (holding cutlass) with a local reporter at the farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several Acres Oil Palm Planted in Nimba Owner Wants Others Motivated

By C.Y. Kwanue
Published: 15 October, 2008

A son of Nimba County, who returned home recently from the United States of America to manage his 100-acre of oil palm, says his aim is to help motivate other farmers in the country.

Mr. William N. Dahn, 56, told the Daily Observer at his farm on October 11, 2008 that his idea is against the backdrop of the fact that Liberia, for many years, was among the top oil palm and rubber producers in the world, but in the early 1980s and during the 14-year conflict, the country’s production accounted for only a small percentage of total global output.

Again, due to the prolonged civil crisis, the oil palm industry is presently experiencing an acute decline in production, thus placing Liberia at the bottom of the table of oil producing countries.
The apparent downward trend in oil palm production in the country has seriously claimed the attention of Mr. Dahn, who is at the moment making personal frantic efforts to revive the country’s oil palm industry.

Mr. Dahn, a Liberian who recently returned home after living for many years in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States of America (USA), said he returned home “for good” to manage an oil palm plantation in order to remain focused in contributing meaningfully to the post-conflict reconstruction of war-torn Liberia.

“Though everyone is a politician by trade, for now, that is not my objective, because I returned home upon the advice and consent of Nimba former County Attorney, G. William Kai, Sr. and David Queglay, also a well-to-do farmer in Nimba. The two men encouraged me to come and venture into farming. Already, with the help of the townspeople, Atty. Kai has provided me a 100-acre of land for oil palm production,” Mr. Dahn told our senior reporter who visited the oil palm main production site on Saturday October 11, 2008.

The Zlangor Oil Palm Enterprise, according to Mr. Dahn, is at the moment operating in Gblah Town north of Bahn City, Zoe-Geh District’s Provincial Capital in Nimba County where he had prepared 40 out of the 100 acres of land for the purpose of producing palm oil for laundry soap making, etc. The 40 acres are expected to be harvested by December this year.

When the production gets going, according to Mr. Dahn, he will consult his farm manager, Morris Winpea, so that they could concentrate from the initial stage in the areas of palm oil for consumption and general soap making as the mill installed for the purpose is purchased from the local market.

The project, he said, is just about helping the rural dwellers so that together most of the residents could benefit from the harvest, adding that it could help the community by providing some of the basic social services including building of clinics and sometimes vocational training center as the Government could not do all with its limited resources.

According to Mr. Dahn, when the milling machine starts to operate, it is expected to produce at least 10 tons of fresh palm oil a day.

“The downward trend in oil palm production has also given me confidence and the muscles to employ six persons, but with many other contractors, that would find strategic solution aimed at empowering the locals to also get back to the soil to own farms and stop depending on Government for subsidy,” Mr. Dahn stated.

According to him, the idea to establish the farm was born in 2000 and since that time, most of the palms planted on the farm are now nearly ready for production. “I have installed the processing machine for the necessary production of oil here,” he said.

Mr. Dahn, who commended another son of Nimba, Prince Myers, for his continued encouragement, said he had spent a little over US$40,000 since the farm was established in 2000 to present.
With his college education, Mr. Dahn, an accountant by profession, formerly worked in Liberia as personnel manager of a logging company. He further explained that while in the States for most part of 20 years, he ran a private transport system and later got involved in income tax services, “out of which, I earned a good living, but we have to come and help our people as well.”

The Daily Observer

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