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

Northampton v QPR: Smithies plays, Cousins a sub


first_imgNew signing Jordan Cousins is among QPR’s substitutes for tonight’s friendly. Goalkeeper Alex Smithies, meanwhile, has recovered from injury and makes his first appearance of Rangers’ pre-season campaign.None of QPR’s three other summer signings will be involved. Jake Bidwell sits the game out, Joel Lynch has been nursing a hamstring problem, and Ariel Borysiuk has been sidelined by an ankle injury.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Perch; Henry, Luongo; Gladwin, Chery; Shodipo; Polter. Subs: Ingram, Kpekawa, Furlong, Cousins, Doughty, El Khayati, Emmanuel-Thomas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sharks players react to Pete DeBoer’s firing: Was a new voice needed?


first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — As much as several Sharks players respected Pete DeBoer and other members of his coaching staff, they feel it might have been time for a change.“Probably, yeah,” said center Joe Thornton, who will be playing in his 1,600th career NHL game Thursday when the Sharks host the New York Rangers. “I love Pete. Pete’s a fantastic coach. He took this team to where it’s never been before. Nothing but heavy respect …last_img read more

BRICS summit ‘growing in stature’


first_img26 March 2012The fourth annual summit of the BRICS grouping of powerful emerging economies takes place in New Delhi, India this week.President Jacob Zuma will lead a high-powered delegation of South African government ministers and business leaders to the event, which will see the presidents and prime ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa discussion issues ranging from the state of the world economy to the need to adapt to global climate change.In parallel discussions, business leaders from the five countries will tackle a range of issues, including improving banking services to support intra-BRICS trade and investment, increasing cooperation on renewable energy and technological innovation, and achieving food security and through sharing scientific research and technology transfer.Rising stature of emerging nationsCommenting the increasing stature of the summit, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said the relative decline of the West’s traditional political and economic power had coincided with the rising global stature of emerging nations.“The BRICS grouping is the most concrete and rapidly evolving example of this phenomenon,” Matola said in a statement on Monday. “In just four years, the formal agenda for cooperation and consultation has expanded dramatically to span politics, trade and business, science, academic and cultural interactions.”Matola said the BRICS countries would not agree on everything, being competitors in a number of areas, but had adopted many common positions – the most recent being at the G20 meeting in Mexico in February, when the BRICS finance ministers agreed that the presidency of the World Bank should be open to all candidates and not restricted to American candidates.US President Barack Obama’s nomination on Friday of Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-born doctor and international public health expert, “suggests these views are increasingly gaining traction,” Matola said.“Likewise, South Africa has found resonance within the BRICS grouping for its calls for the reform of global governance systems such as the UN system, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to make them more responsive to the needs of the developing world and Africa.”‘Enormous opportunities for trade and investment’Closer cooperation between the BRICS nations also promises enormous opportunities for trade and investment within and through all five member countries.Last year in South Africa, seven BRICS securities exchanges announced plans to cross-list each others’ indices and to jointly develop new products by June 2012. The seven exchanges represent a combined listed market capitalisation of more than US$9-trillion and 9 481 listed companies.Matola said the BRICS summit gave South Africa an invaluable opportunity to promote not just the country but also the extraordinary opportunities on the African continent, which the IMF estimates will be home to seven of the 10 fastest growing economies between 2010 and 2015.Actively driving African integration“We believe South Africa is an integral part of Africa and works to increase its stability, unity, prosperity and international influence,” Matola said.“We are actively driving Africa’s regional integration efforts, including developing continental north-south rail and road links, expanding ports and energy capacity and skills.“Simultaneously 26 African countries agreed to create a single free trade area by mid-2014, covering the Southern, Eastern and Central Africa. The $1-trillion free trade area will effectively expand South Africa’s market from 50-million to 600-million – placing us in a similar category in terms of market size as our BRICS partners.”The fifth BRICS summit will be held in South Africa in March-April 2013.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South African Test skipper Hashim Amla resembles England off-spinner Moeen Ali


first_imgHashim Amla(left) and Moeen AliThe current Investec Test match series between India and England features a bearded cricketer of Pakistani descent. His name is Moeen Ali and he plays for England.Ali, who sports a long black beard along with a shaved head, resembles South African Test captain Hashim Amla closely. Ali, 23, recently scored a fighting hundred (108 not out) against the victorious Sri Lankan side and managed to cement his place in the English cricket team as a lower order batsman and off-spinner.The similarity, though, ends with the looks. Here are other vital statistics of the two Test cricketers.last_img read more

You might get scammed if you use a voice assistant to call


first_img1:22 Share your voice Comment Now playing: Watch this: It might not be wise to ask your voice assistant for customer service numbers.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET If you ask your voice assistant to find and call a company’s customer service number, there’s a chance you’ll end up connecting with scammers instead. Voice assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant are being tricked into picking up fraudulent support phone numbers created by scammers, warned the Better Business Bureau on Friday. Con artists create fake numbers then bump them to the top of search results, according to the group. This could lead to Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant accidentally picking up a scam number when you do voice search. If you do call a phony customer service number, the BBB warned that the “representative” might ask for you to pay for something via wire transfer or prepaid debit card. They might even ask for remote access to your computer or tell you to visit an unfamiliar website, the group said.”We work hard to fight against spammers and protect people from scams. When these fake numbers are reported, we remove them,” a Google spokesperson said in an email. Google said that it designs its systems to prioritize authoritative sources and work to prevent scams from being surfaced, but the systems aren’t 100% perfect. When the company receives reports that scam phone numbers are being highlighted in its products, it’ll remove them, according to the spokesperson.To protect yourself, the BBB suggests looking up a customer service number based on a company’s contact information on your bill or in your email or directly from the company’s website. You can also check out CNET’s guide to avoiding online scams.Amazon declined to comment. Apple didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.Originally published Aug. 21 at 12:07 p.m. PT.Update, at 12:52 p.m. PT: Adds responses from Google and Amazon.  1 Microsoft warns of Windows 10 vulnerabilities, scammers… Tags Smart Home Security Phones Mobilelast_img read more

MCA to decide on Ankeet letter


first_imgMCA has received a formal request from banned cricketer Ankeet Chavan to be allowed to resume his cricket career and the state association will decide on the matter at its managing committee meeting on August 2.“We have received a formal request from Chavan that he be allowed to play again. We will put it before our President Shri Sharad Pawar and other managing committee members at our meeting on Sunday,” said Mumbai Cricket Association’s joint secretary Dr P V Shetty on Wednesday. Shetty said whatever be the decision of the managing committee on the issue, the final authority is the Cricket Board. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadeja“We may decide to forward his letter along with our own decision to the BCCI. But we will abide by whatever the BCCI says, “ he added. Chavan has been cleared of spot fixing charges levied by the Delhi police by a trial court. However the BCCI which had conducted it’s own enquiry on the charges relating to the 2013 edition of IPL has said that the ban would not be lifted.last_img read more

Get exclusive handcrafted creations from Northeast


first_imgIn an endeavour to promote Northeastern region’s handicraft and handloom products and the spirit of craftsmanship, CCIC presents “Purvayan”, an exhibition cum sale of exclusive Northeast products – handcrafted by master craftsperson from Northeastern states of India in its showroom at Janpath, New Delhi. The exhibition will be open to the visitors up to February 18. Timings: 10 am to 7 pm (Open all seven days including Sunday) The exhibition showcases a wide variety of handcrafted products from Northeastern regions of India ranging from bamboo handicrafts, grass handicrafts, cane handicrafts, handloom textiles and made-ups etc available in myriad shades and design from eight Northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.One of the core objectives of this event is to promote products from Northeastern region of India and provide a marketing platform to the craftsperson from Northeast to present their best creations to a wider audience to increase the awareness. Another attraction of the exhibition is the live-demonstration by craftsperson.last_img read more

Siddha Group introduces Rooftop Skyplex


first_imgSiddha Group, Eastern India’s leading real estate developer, recently announced a first-of-its-kind initiative, Rooftop Skyplex, at their projects with Skywalks to give Kolkatans an altogether new movie-watching experience like never before.Siddha Group has always been a pioneer in introducing new dimensions in real estate; be it the longest ever Rooftop Skywalk in the world at an affordable residential project or the Siddha homebuying App and more. Skyplex is an additional feature where Siddha home-buyers can watch movies at the open air Rooftop Skywalks in an amphitheater setting. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA lot of residential condominiums have introduced the concept of mini theatres at their residential clubs but Siddha Group is going a step forward and introducing Rooftop Sky Theatre experience with Skyplex with modern projection technologies with hi-tech sound system at their Skywalks. “We have always added innovations in our projects which have made home buying and living experience for the customers better. With our Rooftop Skywalks being the talk of the town, we added this extraordinary feature in the form of Skyplex in our Skywalks. Because who wouldn’t love the experience of watching their favourite movies or watching their favourite teams fight it out at the fields, at the rooftop under the sky in the open air. Now-a-days it is all about providing unique experiences and we are sure this is something our customers will look forward to”, said Sanjay Jain, Managing Director, Siddha Group. Siddha will be adding this feature across their affordable Skywalk projects that include Siddha Sky at EM Bypass, Siddha Suburbia on Southern Bypass, Siddha Eden LakeVille on BT Road and Siddha Galaxia at Rajarhat. All the Skyplex are proposed to have a 2K projection and dolby digital sound system. Comfortable sit outs across the amphitheatre will provide ample seating space for the residents.last_img read more