() said its subsidiary Tropical Farms has expanded its cocoa and farming operations in Sierra Leone.
It has done so by acquiring a 50-year lease, with a 21 year extension option, over a previously producing cocoa and coffee plantation.
The site covers 1,208 hectares, 40 kilometres from Kenema, the country’s third-largest city.
Previously run by Beresfords, the international plantation group prior to the civil war, it will be rehabilitated and redeveloped.
A deal to acquire a further 546 hectares, to the north of the plantation, has also been signed on the same terms as the plantation.