‘The Church Needs To Invest In Agriculture to Deal with Food Security’

first_imgThe Senior Pastor of Providence Baptist Church (PBC), Dr. Samuel B. Reeves, Jr., has encouraged religious institutions to invest in Agriculture, such as in the cassava sector, to help enhance food security in the country.Dr. Reeves said the involvement of the church would make a significant impact on the lives of many Liberians amidst the evident  food insecurity.The Baptist preacher made the  statement recently when he was called to offer the benediction at the end of the launch of the National Data Collection National Data Collection on Cassava Value Chain and the official opening of offices of the National Cassava Sector Coordinating Committee.The program brought to the fore over 100 farmers across the country, Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth and senior officials of the Ministry as well as international partners.Dr. Reeves urged farmers to work together in unity and move from Sustenance or Subsistence Farming to Mechanized Farming to make farming a business.He hailed international partners for helping to sustain food security in the country, describing their help “as from mat to mattress.”He committed the Providence Baptist Church to be the first church to engage in Mechanized Farming beginning with the cassava sector to lift cassava through value addition.Providence Baptist is Liberia’s first church.  It was there that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 26, 1847 to make the country a sovereign state.“Let me also challenge religious institutions and the church to get involved and let me say to the Cassava Coordinating Committee that if you don’t have any church involved, the Providence Baptist Church will be the first in the process.”His assertions might have stemmed from various speakers’ admonition but especially from the US Embassy Economic Officer Caroline Dow,  who said cassava can contribute to the country’s food security and reduce rural poverty.“Cassava cultivation has the potential to contribute substantially to socioeconomic development both in the rural and urban areas. Investing in it and the value chain has a positive impact on food security to improve livelihoods of farmers, producers, processors and traders,” Madam Dow said. Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweth, who also spoke at the program, stressed the need for Liberians to intercrop rubber with cassava to increase production.It is observed that despite the urgent need to improve food production, there are many rubber farmers only engaged in rubber production rather than food crops.The National Cassava Sector Coordination Committee (NCSCC) is a national body set up through a public-private initiative to regulate the activities and development of Liberia’s cassava industry.It was set-up through a European Union fund which is being implemented by ZOA and ADRA in Liberia.The four-year project, which began in 2013, is value about US$2.2 million dollars.The Project, known as the Cassava Value Chain Development, is presently ongoing in Bong, Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties.Cassava is a food crop that is entwined in the lives and culture of Liberians and can reduce hunger and a supplement to the country’s stable food, rice.Liberia has a favorable climate to grow cassava in large amounts and processed into a variety of products to be sold in  local and foreign markets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Missing dog: Appeal launched to find missing family dog in Lifford/Raphoe area

first_imgAn appeal has been launched to find a missing family dog in the Raphoe/Lifford area. The French Bulldog went missing yesterday and has not been since.The owners are anxious to see the family pet returned home safely. If you have any information to share please call 0868611075 or 0879426257 or contact Emma Gilfillan on Facebook.Missing dog: Appeal launched to find missing family dog in Lifford/Raphoe area was last modified: June 12th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

South Africa to launch first cube satellite

first_img14 November 2013 The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is set to make history with the launch of South Africa’s first cube satellite, ZACUBE-1, from the Yasny base in Russia at 09:10 South African time on 21 November, the university announced on Monday. The nano-satellite is a single unit carrying a space weather experiment, and will be sent up atop the RS-2OB rocket Dnepr. Running on the same amount of power as a five-watt bulb, ZACUBE-1 will orbit Earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600 kilometres. Measuring only 10x10x10cm and weighing 1.2kg, it is about 100 times smaller than Sputnik, the first satellite launched into space in 1957. It will carry a high frequency beacon which will be used to study the spread of radio waves through the ionosphere. This will provide space weather data to the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, the satellite was designed and built by CPUT postgraduate students in collaboration with Sansa, following the CubeSat programme at the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI). “The launch of CubeSat is proof of the skills and the facilities we are gradually developing to ensure space science and technology really benefits every citizen of South Africa,” Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said in a statement. The director of F’SATI, Professor Robert Van Zyl, said the strength of the CubeSat programme was its use of cube satellites as technology platforms for practical skills training and applied research. “This approach offers our students a unique learning experience and prepares them to participate in the South African space industry.” Established in 2009, the CubeSat programme has graduated 32 master’s students, bringing to 42 the total number of F’SATI alumni at CPUT. The programme has also provided internships to 15 of the graduates as engineers-in-training. The nano-satellite, designated “ZA-003” in the national register of space assets, follows in the footsteps of micro-satellites Sunsat and SumbandilaSat. Cube satellites, or “cubesats”, were originally developed in the United States in 1999 by California Polytechnic State University and Stanford University to help universities worldwide perform space science and exploration. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Will seek fast-track trial in lynching case: Assam CM

first_imgAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has assured the parents of the two men lynched in Karbi Anglong that he would request the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court to fast-track the trial, an official statement released here on Wednesday said.Nilotpal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30) were pulled out of their vehicle at Panjuri in Karbi Anglong district on June 8 and beaten to death by a group of irate villagers, who suspected them to be child-lifters.The victims’ fathers, Ajit Kumar Nath and Gopal Chandra Das, called on Mr. Sonowal on Tuesday evening and submitted a petition demanding maximum punishment for the culprits. They also demanded constitution of SIT for expeditious investigation in the case, the release said.Mr. Sonowal told them that the SIT had already been constituted under a Deputy Superintendent of Police and acting swiftly, the Assam police had nabbed all the accused within a short period of time, it said.A total of 64 people, including the prime accused, have been arrested in the case. The CM is personally monitoring the progress of the case.last_img read more