According to bank documents, the Project consists of the development of a greenfield agro-industrial operation that will cultivate, harvest and process pineapple for export to throughout the world. The Project has identified potential leasable land in Lugbu Chiefdom, Bo District, for development. Part of this area has already been leased and the remaining area will be leased before the Project moves into commercial planting. Once additional nurseries are launched and the required seeds are produced, commercial planting will begin. Thereafter, commercial harvesting, along with the establishment of a fruit processing facility will commence.
The Project is a Category A under MIGA's Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability (2013) mainly due to the significant adverse E&S risks impacts that may be diverse and irreversible, which include the contextual risk of the project, the size of land-take and the sector (agri-business). Key environmental and social issues include land acquisition and economic displacement; use and management of pesticides and fertilizers; soil conservation and management; water management; impact on cultural heritage (sacred groves); waste management; occupational health and safety issues during crop production; and risks related to food and beverage processing.
Dole Asia has applied for MIGA guarantees covering up to US$37 million of equity and shareholder loans investments into the project. The guarantees will have a term of up to 15 years, providing coverage against the risk of expropriation.
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