Yaligimba, is the Company’s second largest plantation at 30,199 hectares and is located at 2°13'29.18"N 22°55'50.68"E. The Yaligimba plantation is in the Equateur province of the DRC, 210 km West of Lokutu and approximately 1,320 km from Kinshasa. Situated close to the Itimbiri tributary to the Congo River, the nearest town, Bumba, is 60 km by road. Bumba has a population of approximately 107,000 and an airport with regular flights to Kinshasa and Kisangani.
Yaligimba is made up of two estates (Nord and Sud) consisting of 46 concessions which PHC started leasing from the DRC Government in the 1930s. As at January 1, 2015, Yaligimba had a planted area of 9,076 ha of oil palm of which 5,381 ha were immature and 3,695 ha were mature producing trees.
A large amount of the Yaligimba plantation is unlikely to be planted on as it contain wild life buffer zones, roads, villages, possible areas of high conservation value and other areas unsuitable for planting. The Company is working with environmental advisers to establish its future replanting strategy at Yaligimba.
Yaligimba has a 23 tonnes of FFB per hour mill which produces CPO and PKO. It was built by the Company in 2013 as the previous mill at Yaligimba had been shut down some years previously because it was unsafe.
In 2014, Yaligimba produced 4,431 tonnes of CPO and 340 tonnes of PKO, all of which was sold in the DRC.