By: Samuel Brew
Margibi county correspondent.
The outgoing President of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia, Madam Wilhelmina G. Mulbah Siaway said the headquarters of the association was constructed through contributions made by members, adding that it is not a lease or rental property.
Madam Mulbah-Siaway, however, lauded Firestone Liberia for its numerous contributions towards the association, for which a hall was named in the company honor.
Madam Mulbah-Siaway at the same time encouraged farmers to include smallholder farmers, medium holder farmers, and large holder farmers to get on board to be able to move in making a difference as they move to transformation.
The Rubber Planters Association of Liberia INC is a private not-for-profit entity established in 1966 by an Act of the Liberian Legislature.
The Act that created the Association is coupled with its by-laws and constitution of the Association all persons and institutions engaged in the natural rubber business in Liberia are members of the Association.
Moreover, the entity liaises with the government in formulating policies aimed at stimulating and sustaining the natural rubber industry in the Country.
Meanwhile, former Deputy Speaker of the 52nd National Legislature Tokpah John Mulbah has been elected President of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia.
The former Bong County District Number One Lawmaker was elected over the weekend at the seventh congress of the association, held in Cooper Farm Community in Todee District, Montserrado County.
The seventh National Congress delegation at the same time elected the former Coordinator of the RPAL Margibi chapter, Harris Kpaingbah as Vice President; on white ballot, while Coordinators from 14 of Liberia fifteen Counties were elected to steer the affairs of the Union at their various respective counties for the next two years, accept Lofa County, who didn’t elect coordinator.
But, according to an executive of the Rubber Planter Association of Liberia, Barney Brown, Lofa County didn’t elect a coordinator, because of a problem or misunderstanding among members of the union in the Lofa chapter.
However, Mr. Brown didn’t, explain what was the problem or the misunderstanding that caused Lofa County from electing a Coordinator to represent RPAL in the County.
Addressing the media after his elections, Tokpa John Mulbah, who considered his election as a call to national duty said he is not surprised because he had been working for the group for the past 16 years and will not disappoint them.
According to him, the price of rubber is gradually increasing, and by 2030 China will need about 15 million metric tons of natural rubber, which will be equivalent to the total consumption of the world’s 15 million metric tons.
Mulbah at the same time used the medium to call on past officials of the institution to join forces with his administration is exploring other avenues for the good of the local farmers.
He then appreciated the outgoing President Wilhelmina Mulbah-Siaway for job well done in constructing the institution’s headquarters that was also dedicated over the weekend.
The RPAL seventh National Congress was being held under the Theme: “Facing the Future: Inclusiveness, Sustainability and of the Liberian Rubber Sector for Value Addition.”