I write to react to the world rainforest movement bulletin 129- April 2008 publication on the net under the above heading and submit that the publication which was written base on materials contained in a report titled `Norwegian biofuel company destroyed local forest to establish a large jatropha plantation` and authored by one Bukari Nyari, vice chairman of Regional Advisory and Information Network Systems (RAINS) is a calculated attempt to discredit the good intentions of Biofuel Africa Ltd. Indeed a cursory glance at the article shows a desperate attempt by a desperate individual to lie to achieve vanity after failing to have his way in the operations of the company.
I wish to state that almost all the issues the author raised in his article are not factual and are only based on the figment of his imagination.
Firstly the article claims that the company has deforested 2,600 hectares of land before it was stopped from further engaging in clearing the land. This is complete false as the company only cleared 200 hectares of land.
I also vehemently oppose the idea that the company has engaged in massive destruction of large vegetable cover as if to connote that the company has no good intentions of engaging in the enterprise of clearing land to embark on a plantation for Biofuel. Expressions like `deforest large tracts of land`, `land stripped for Biofuel production and `destruction of large vegetable cover` suggest intent to destroy the livelihood of a people, predominantly farmers with careless abandon.
The company has contacted the appropriate authorities for the permits- first the chiefs who are the custodians of the land and the Environmental protection agency that gave the environmental permit to commence and pursue operations.
I have contacted the RAINS project manager and it will interest you to know that attempts by the author of the article Mr. Nyari to draw RAINS in to the whole issue has not received official
backing from its management and I wonder what might have influenced him to draw RAINS in.
It will also interest you to know that Mr. Nyari was part of the initial team that embarked on the land acquisition project but demands was from the company were becoming too much and the company could no longer bear it, he decided to make a "U TURN" and instead been engaging in writing "killer Articles" against the company, that are nothing but `a result of infantile paralysis`.
It is the aim of Biofuel Africa Ltd to invest in communities that they operate by urging members of those communities to set up committees to decide on projects that serve their interest most. Typical projects that the company is working on at Kpachaa another operational area are Water harvesting, Provision of Agricultural inputs, intercropping, out grower schemes, Job training and the list could continue. That is the spirit of the company's project and not to destroy land as suggested by the article.