|Approval Date||12 Sep 2007|
|Signature Date||19 Feb 2008|
|Sovereign / Non-Sovereign||Non Sovereign|
|Sector||Agriculture and Rural Development|
|DAC Sector Code||32161|
The Agricultural Expansion Project of the Investment Company for Tropical Agriculture (SIAT) -Gabon is designed to develop the cultivation of oil palm and rubber, adopting the concept of sustainable agriculture. In order to increase the productivity of existing plantations, Siat Gabon should, in addition, gradually replace the old oil palms and rubber trees. The project should focus on the production of value-added commodities through the acquisition of an additional granular rubber cylinder mixer and by strengthening the capacity of the palm oil mill, pulp mill and the palm oil refining plant. This expansion project is as follows: at the oil palm level, these are: (i) creation of a new oil palm of 4,250 ha and the replanting of 1,500 ha of oil palm in Bindo; (ii) replanting of 750 ha of oil palms at Zile; (iii) replanting of 1000 ha of oil palms at Makouké; (iv) modernization of the palm oil mill and the Makouké crushing plant; (v) expanding the capacity of the Lambaréné palm oil refining plant from 50 tonnes per day to 75 tonnes per day; vi) modernization of the Lambaréné soap factory, and vii) increase of 3,000 tonnes in the capacity of the Lambaréné and Port Gentil palm oil storage tanks. Concerning the rubber, it question of: (i) replanting of 4,100 ha of rubber plantations in Bitam and Mitzic; (ii) support to the rubber smallholder plan for 2,000 ha; and (iii) acquisition of a second granular rubber roll mill with a capacity of 40 tonnes per day at Mitzic.
The objective of the project is to allow the extension of the palm groves and rubber plantations of Mitzic, Bitam, Lambaréné and Makouké, as well as the creation of a new palm grove in Bindo.
The project benefits the people and the Government of Gabon, which aims to diversify its economy so that it no longer relies on the oil sector alone.
African Development Bank
Government of Gabon
|Last Update||31 Oct 2019|