Addressing a news conference at his 14th Street office over the weekend, the Executive Director of RPAL, Mr. Samuel Z. Woheel told reporters that the congress intends to discuss issues relevant to the Liberian natural rubber industry and to also elect its 25th members leadership of the Association which include smallholder plantations and processors.
Mr. Woheel: “The national congress is the highest decision making body of our association. It is at the congress that new policy decisions are carved to address issues affecting the Liberian rubber industry. The congress brings together planters and processors, irrespective of size of farm or factory, from across the country”.
According to Mr. Woheel, next year's congress is expected to address several issues such as nursery development, decentralization of RPAL, rubber price and other relevant issues.
RPAL is therefore calling on all rubber farmers and processors across Liberia to assemble and discuss issues relevant to the improvement of the sub-sector.
RPAL was organized by Liberian rubber farmers and trans-nationals in the 1950s and eventually enacted by the Liberian National Legislature in 1966 as a body to represent, foster and protect the interest of the planting and processing industry of Liberia.