SAGO 2020 : Why Pamol Plantations retrenched over 3500 workers

Pamol Plantations, an Agro- industrial company exhibiting products and services at the government fair (SAGO), has involuntary laid off over L’article SAGO 2020 : Why Pamol Plantations retrenched over 3500 workers est apparu en premier sur Cameroon Radio Television.

SAGO 2020 : Why Pamol Plantations retrenched over 3500 workers

Pamol Plantations, an Agro- industrial company exhibiting products and services at the government fair (SAGO), has involuntary laid off over 3500 workers as a result of the socio-political crisis.

The agro-industrial company’s headquarters is found in Lobe, Ekondo Titi, in the Ndian Division of the South West region.

Pamol Plantations produces palm oil, palm kernel oil, oil palm seeds, washing soap and rubber. It is one of the country’s two research centres that produce palm seeds.

It was inaugurated as Pamol Plantations Plc by Cameroon’s first President, Amadou Ahidjo in Lobe , on April 14th 1967.

Prior to the crisis, Pamol Plantations had outlined a project to renovate and modernize its facilities, at an estimated cost of 14 billions.

A crisis-stricken Pamol

The company now lies in ruins as only one of its three estates is functional. Only a fraction of the Ndian estate is in use. The Bai estate  and parts of the Lobe estate are closed because of the crisis . Out of the 17 fields in the Lobe estate, only 4 can be exploited.

Tabi Augustine Etaka, Pamol Sales Assistant says the crisis has badly affected the company.

” We can’t exploit our fields because of the crisis. We exploit just the ones around the factories. We can’t go to the other fields because of armed fighters”.

About 4000 tons of oil are locked up in the abandoned oil mills because of transportation problems . The Sales Assistant says “roads have been blocked , some are not tarred and we cannot get trucks from Douala to Pamol to collect palm oil. The armed fighters are on those roads”.

Workers struggling to make ends meet

Only about 300 of the over 4000 staff have survived the storm. Many fled the restive region, and went in search for greener pastures. Others are idling in the camps.They cannot go to the fields because of frequent attacks from the armed fighters.

  • Palm oil processs by the Pamol Plantations

 

As the situation persists, most Pamol workers have now turned to petty businesses just to make ends meet.

The government of Cameroon continuous to seek ways of restoring peace, and bringing the 4-year-old crisis to an end.

Kathy Neba Sina 

L’article SAGO 2020 : Why Pamol Plantations retrenched over 3500 workers est apparu en premier sur Cameroon Radio Television.