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[biofuelwatch] Fwd: The White elephant - The Reality with Herakles Farms (SGSOC) in Nguti, Cameroon







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From: BETOCKVOICES The Farmers <betockvoices@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM
Subject: The White elephant – The Reality with Herakles Farms (SGSOC) in Nguti, Cameroon
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The White elephant – the Reality.

(Is 12,230 ha in the Nguti sub-region the compensation for SGSOC?)

 

A one-sided contract - On September 17, 2009, SG Sustainable Oils Cameroon PLC (SGSOC) signed a contract with the Cameroonian Government to develop a large industrial palm oil plantation and refinery. One of the planned largest plantations on the continent will be in the South West Region of Cameroon. SGSOC which is 100 per cent owned by the American Company, Herakles Farms obtained the rights to 73,086 Hectares of land in the Ndian and Kupe-Muanenguba Divisions of the South West Region of Cameroon through a 99-year land lease. http://farmlandgrab.org/uploads/attachment/sgsoc-convention1.pdf

 

Within the 2009 convention, between the government and SGSOC, there exists a clause that states “the rights, obligations and duties of a party shall be deemed to be those set forth in this Convention.” This allows the company to bypass Cameroon law which allows them to perform heinous crimes against the local farmers with ghastly support from local administrators. Incredibly, the contract between Cameroon and SGSOC exempts the company from all taxes and duties for the first ten years of production, and allows the company to harvest all the timber on the plantation and sell it. The value of the timber cut to make way for the palm trees is typically a very valuable aspect of palm oil plantation contracts, yet in this case, the annual surface rental rate is set at only $1 per hectare for developed land, and $.50 per hectare for undeveloped land, both far below historical rates charged by the Cameroonian government for projects which yield revenue only from timber, let alone palm oil. The result is a windfall for SGSOC, at the expense of the affected communities. Overall, the contract puts the risk of non-performance on the government of Cameroon, which is the effective “guarantor” of the contract, and must compensate SGSOC for lost profits if the plantation does not become a Reality. Is 12,230 ha in the Nguti sub-region the compensation for SGSOC?

 

The oil palm experience of Asian countries does not bode well for the people and forests of Cameroon. Cameroon's cocoa farmers "are among, if not the highest paid in the world," according to the Minister of Commerce. Who than needs SGSOC in this region of Cameroon? - This improvement in the earnings of cocoa farmers of Cameroon, do we learn from the same source, is the result of combined efforts of the Government of Cameroon, Farmers, and the Interprofessional Council of Cocoa and Coffee (CICC) efforts.

 

Protests against Herakles Farms have erupted in several areas. Petitions and letters from local villagers and local leadership, representing thousands of individuals and farmers, have decried the activities of Herakles Farms. Locals cite an alarming lack of transparency, their lack of consent, the illegal demarcation and clearing of land and the biological, economic, and cultural importance of the area as reasons for opposing the project. All complaints and reports arising from this illegal project, including violations of forestry regulations, corruption and seizing of local cocoa farms have being ignored for the interest and benefits of the US Company, SGSOC’s acquaintances and the bureaucrats. Herakles Farms (SGSOC) grand experience in Cameroon is pushing the cash envelopes, land grabbing and double-dealing for profit! Read more from - http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/palm-oil-rspo/publication/2013/they-want-take-our-bush-independent-assessment-processes-emplo

 

THE TEARS- Element of unfairness in the agriculture policies in Cameroon - While peasant farmers have numerous obstacles to titling their land and securing access to other natural resources on which they depend, greedy multinational companies can fly into Yaoundé in Cameroon and sign deals to secure huge tracts of land with little regard for the communities in these areas. This is a fight for the livelihoods of rural farmers. Our agriculture policy implementation remains marred by patronage, deception, connections, corruption and intra-government competition. The villages that will be affected by the plantation rely heavily on farming to feed their families and earn an income. They also rely heavily on the non-timber forest products surrounding the village. It is feared that the deforestation caused by the plantation would dramatically alter their livelihoods, and further limit their already limited ability to expand the land area on which they rely. Read more from - http://betockvoices.page.tl/Abuse-of-our-land-rights-by-SGSOC.htm

 

It will be better to avoid the sad experiences and memories of what we know of plantation companies. In other areas, in their initial stage [palm oil plantations] paraded as a blessing of the people but in the course of their establishment and operation their activities are usually turned into a ‘White elephant.’

 

Saving the local farmers, read more http://betockvoices.page.tl/

BetockVoices

Cameroon's cocoa farmers "are among, if not the highest paid in the world," according to the Minister of Commerce – 18.11.2013

With an average farm gate 1100 CFA francs per kilogram price, cocoa farmers in Cameroon, according to the Minister of Commerce, Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, "are among, if not the highest paid in the world." To believe that Cameroonian authorities in other producing countries, buyers now use the farm gate prices of around 850 CFA francs at the producers, about 250 CFA francs less than the price currently practiced in Cameroon.

This improvement in the earnings of cocoa farmers of Cameroon, do we learn from the same source, is the result of combined efforts of the Government of Cameroon and the Interprofessional Council of Cocoa and Coffee (CICC) efforts.

In fact, to ensure a fair price to cocoa farmers, the CICC and the Ministry of Commerce initiated in recent years, bundling cocoa in periodic markets regulated by our government.

At the same time, the CICC has established the FIS project (information pathways System), which allows you to communicate daily Sms producers, prices of cocoa and coffee at the port of Douala and the London market . This allows them to increase their negotiating skills to potential buyers.

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FESTICACAO 2013 - Assist us in saving our Cocoa Farmers and others in Nguti sub-region of Cameroon!


http://betockvoices.page.tl/Abuse-of-our-land-rights-by-SGSOC.htm





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