Mechanized Farming Key to Improving Agriculture


first_imgSeveral dignitaries who attended the closing ceremony of 20 artisans that were trained by AfricaRice and partners have been urged to take back to their communities what they learned to build the skills of other local artisans.Speaking recently in Gbarnga, Bong County, the Country Representative of AfricaRice, Dr. Inoussa Akintayo, said the absence of mechanization has affected the productivity of agriculture in general and rice in particular in Africa.He said to alleviate the constraint AfricaRice in its new strategy has put mechanization as a top priority. Mechanization can be done by importing equipment from overseas but this is not a sustainable approach, he said, “Therefore AfricaRice has developed capacity to promote in its member countries the knowhow to fabricate local agricultural machinery. The strategy, he said has been successfully implemented in some of AfricaRice member countries, notably Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, La Cote d’Ivoire and Chad. He disclosed that AfricaRice has a project known as SAPEC that is funded by the African Development Bank (ADB) and implemented in collaboration with the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) to offer the opportunity for AfricaRice to extend its new strategy. “In a few weeks to come, training on fabrication of other equipment such as planters, cleaners, and rice mills will be conducted. Through our approach, we intend to create market opportunities for local artisans, to reduce government import bill,” he stated.Dr. Akintayo used the occasion to appreciate those who contributed to the success of the program and expressed gratitude to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who visited the training site on two occasions. The Minister of Agriculture Dr. Moses Zinnah said that partners, especially AfricaRice, are working in line with the Government of Liberia’s Agriculture Transformation Agenda, which is to promote private entrepreneurs. He mentioned the importance of artisans in the development of the agriculture sector by processing and adding value to food production.He described mechanization as the missing link in the sector that needs to be addressed to reduce labor for farmers.He urged the artisans to improve on their work and make the country proud.“Don’t sit, do something that will encourage the government to help you. Now that you have been trained, it’s time to build the skills of others,” he said.Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) Country Representative Marc Abdala said his organization is involved in making agriculture effective business to fight against hunger and malnutrition.He urged the artisans to make agriculture an effective business by producing the right equipment to improve the quality of rice production. “It’s very strange to hear that the country is importing half of its food and therefore there’s a need for all partners to work together to ensure the betterment of agriculture in Liberia. Meanwhile, the artisans expressed thanks to the Government of Liberia and partners for building up their capacities through the support but requested continuous assistance to alleviate hunger in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: TOO BUSY TO EAT


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This week has been an eventful one.In the past 7 days, I have finished up my job, started full time at my Personal Training business, moved location to Optimal Fitness, all while moving house… and we have begun building our new house……….phew!!!!It would be easy to assume that my eating these past few weeks has been pretty crappy, but you know what happens when you assume something. During times of increased pressure and stress, mistakes in our dietary habits can easily happen.You don’t have time to prepare meals. You are snowed under at work and haven’t time for lunch. You are rushing from place to place and grabbing the quickest thing that comes to hand and those things are usually junk.Is it any wonder that some of us wake up one morning and wonder what the hell happened?How do we get around this problem? How do we make better choices when you are tight for time and finding it hard to think ahead?Here’s a few things that I did over the last few weeks that help me to stay on track and keep mistakes to a minimum.1: I got up earlyWhen you know you are going to have a busy day ahead of you, setting the alarm to go off half an hour earlier than usual means you can get up and prepare yourself a big breakfast.This isn’t anything new. Our mothers have been telling you this for years and mammies know best. By eating a balanced breakfast not only are you are curbing hunger for a few hours, you are also helping your concentration levels and because your satiety levels are increased the likelihood of reaching for something at the till is greatly reduced.2: I reduced my carbohydrate intake.My training was all over the place because of different projects pulling me from pillar to post.Carbs are a fuel source for our body; if the body is idle it doesn’t need as much fuel. Reducing your intake of carbs to mainly around training times means your body will use them for energy and you won’t have excess in your system that can be stored as fat. 3: I increased my intake of vegetables.When you take something out you simply cannot leave a void.Increasing your intake of vegetables with every meal will help keep you feeling fuller for longer during and after meals and because vegetables have very few calories, you don’t have to worry about how much you eat.4: I snacked on fruit and nutsWhen you are in a hurry you always end up reaching for the quick fix food choices.Keeping portions of fruit and nuts at hand means you will always have a quick and portable snack at hand.Portion sizes for nuts are a small palm-full or a thumb length of them (not the whole bag).The reduction of carbs means that our fat intake will have to increase to keep energy levels up; snacking on nuts can help with this.5: I ate protein with every meal.This should be a staple of every diet no matter what the goal is.Protein helps with satiety levels and will keep you fuller for longer and because it is so satisfying it is very hard to over eat, you are getting calorie control without even knowing it.Protein is also needed for maintenance of and increasing muscle mass, this is not a bad thing.The more muscle you have the more calories your burn at rest.You are basically turning your body into a fat burning machine; pass the chicken ☺These are some basic tips that you can use when you are busy and find it hard to pre-prepare your meals in advance. They should help you keep on track.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program to help you reach your goals, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: TOO BUSY TO EAT was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more