Women Farmers Get Money through Village Saving to Improve Agricultural Activities

first_imgImproving access to finance for women farmers in Africa is critical to sustaining food security and empowering women to improve productivity in agriculture as they account for 70 percent of the farming labor force in most African countries. Although they play a significant role in farming, they are still often perceived as not being “real farmers”.In the case of Liberia, one of the world’s food insecure countries, women face many challenges in growing food. Many of them are producers, processors and marketers but lack basic farming skills, access to finance and limited opportunity for land ownership in agriculture due to cultural and traditional beliefs.Tetee Mulbah is a member of the New Generational Women Farmers Group that benefited from a recent distribution of money accrued from a Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA) in Clay Ashland, rural Montserrado County.The group comprises 24 women specialized in cassava production in order to raise income for the support of their families.Last November, they distributed L$286, 820 (US$3414 at L$84 per US$1) among themselves to engage into meaningful farming activities.Village Saving Loan Association (VSLA) is being introduced by some international donors because of the scarcity of commercial banks in rural areas. With the VSLA rural farmers can access more finance to purchase agriculture inputs and hire laborers.“Hiring workers is a challenge for us women farmers in our community so I am going to use the money acquired from saving to expand my farmland. This will help reduce poverty in my family,” said Tetee Mulbah, a member of the group.Tetee got L$11,950 (US$142.3) which according to her will help her to cultivate large area in the next farming season.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana working with US to lift catfish ban – Holder

first_img…as impasse projected to cost economy US$1.2M annuallyMinister of Agriculture, Noel Holder, was on Tuesday questioned about what Government has been doing to secure a lifting of the ban on exportation of catfish to the United States (US).In budget 2019, some $14.7 million was set aside for the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism as part of Guyana’s contribution to international organisations.In light of this allocation, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Texieira questioned whether Guyana could get help from this very organisation, to which Holder replied in the affirmative. She then questioned what Government is doing about the matter, to which the Minister said that negotiations with the US are ongoing.According to Holder, however, these negotiations are largely being done by the Public Health Ministry. As such, Holder admitted he is not entirely up to date with where the matter is.At this point, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Texieira inquired whether legislation is being drafted to help Guyana become compliant.“We’re trying to fix the regulations,” Holder said. “The US has a kind of ban on catfish coming in to the US. They are saying that the catfish must be caught live and transported to a processing plant, live. And there processed to be sent to the US.”“Now we can’t do that. Our stuff is caught in the ocean, degutted, put on ice and brought in. We can’t carry it live to a processing plant. But the US doesn’t want to hamper places like ours. They, apparently, were trying to keep out to protect their internal agencies. So they’ve been working with us to ensure we can continue doing what can be done to make this thing work.”Holder added that he has personally been working with the outgoing US Ambassador Perry Holloway and he was optimistic that he has been making headway. Holder noted that the fishing industry represents approximately US$70 to $80 million annually to Guyana, with the ban on catfish costing the country US$1.2 million.The ban by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) was instituted against Guyana earlier this year. Veterinary Public Health Unit Director, Dr Ozaye Dodson had said the imposition from the US export market was just a temporary technical barrier to trade.He had posited that the country fell short of the US standards in three areas: first, on the issue of the presence of inspectors; secondly, there was insufficient documentation detailing verification of each step in the sanitation and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) process and thirdly, there was insufficient documentation specifying how the industry manages adulterated catfish products.However, Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo had called out the incumbent Administration for not doing enough to address the concerns of the fishing industry with the ban. Jagdeo had said that he is “of the firm view that the coalition Government is fully responsible for the plight of local fishermen, given that they were notified of the USA’s pending changes to export regulations since November 2015.The coalition Government, despite having received notice of these changes, failed to communicate effectively with the stakeholders of the fisheries sector, many of whom have invested heavily in this area.”“To make matters worse, the Coalition Government received an extension until February 3, 2018, to bring Guyana into compliance with the new export regulations and failed again” the Opposition leader had said.last_img read more

Vieira’s Nice continue to struggle with Marseille loss

first_img0Shares0000Patrick Vieira is struggling to get his Nice side scoring goals in Ligue 1 © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Oct 22 – Patrick Vieira’s Nice slumped to a fourth defeat in five home league games this season as Morgan Sanson’s first-half strike fired Marseille to a 1-0 win in Ligue 1 on Sunday.It was a laboured performance from Nice, who sit 14th in the table and only two points above the relegation play-off spot, eight points adrift of fourth-placed Marseille. Vieira may need a good run of results if he is to keep his job long enough to take on former Arsenal and France teammate Thierry Henry when his side visit Monaco on December 8.“Unfortunately, tonight’s match reflects our other home games,” said Vieira.“(Forwards) Allan (Saint-Maximin), Mario (Balotelli) and Myziane (Maolida) have not been successful. In the last 30 metres there has been a lack of quality, we haven’t always made the right choices.”For Marseille, all eyes will now be on next Sunday’s clash with arch rivals and runaway league leaders Paris Saint-Germain at the Velodrome.The hosts went into the match having mustered only seven goals in nine league games this season, and Vieira responded by handing Mario Balotelli just his third start of the campaign up front.The first decent chance at the Allianz Riviera fell to the Italy international, but after latching onto a long ball forward from Dante his well-struck volley was kept out by the legs of Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.A clever dummy from Balotelli created space for Allan Saint-Maximin, but his shot was tame and easily gathered by Mandanda.The away side grabbed the lead in the 42nd minute, though, as full-back Bouna Sarr skipped clear down the right-hand side and crossed for Sanson to smartly turn and fire into the bottom corner.Nice plugged away in search of an equaliser but never looked like having the quality to break through, with centre-back Dante’s looping volley onto the roof of the net the best effort Vieira’s men could muster.Balotelli, who was strongly linked with Marseille during the close-season before opting to stay at Nice, has failed to score this term after netting 43 goals over the last two campaigns.“Mario? He was just like the team — very good in the first half, then he wasn’t as good. He still has to work,” said Vieira.Earlier on Sunday, Montpellier moved into third as goals from Gaetan Laborde and Andy Delort sealed a 2-0 win over Bordeaux, while Saint-Etienne drew 1-1 against Rennes.Henry suffered a miserable return to French football on Saturday as Monaco lost at Strasbourg in his first match as a head coach, while PSG thrashed Amiens to make it 10 successive wins to start the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

ADAMS QUIZZES TAOISEACH ON MICA BLOCK SCANDAL

first_imgSinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today raised the issue of defective and sub-standard concrete blocks – particularly those affected by muscovite mica – in homes in Donegal and Mayo.The Sinn Féin leader asked the Taoiseach the status of the work of the expert panel which was established in February to examine the issue of defective concrete blocks in the construction of homes in Donegal and Mayo.Gerry Adams said: “Donegal Sinn Féin representatives have been raising their concerns about the use of mica in the construction of homes for some time. Tuesday night’s Prime Time programme revealed a profound failure in state regulation of the construction industry. “The concrete block is the core component of family homes across this state. This failure was unforgiveable.“The current expert panel is tasked with only looking at private homes. This is a serious failing. Many Council homes in Donegal were built with mica and defective blocks now pose a serious risk. There are also questions around the use of mica in the building of some schools.“On Prime Time we saw the trauma that this issue has created for families.“The government is currently insisting that Donegal County Council meets the cost of what could be a massive bill. This would seriously impact on the provision of other local services. “According to a recent statement form the Minister, the expert panel is due to report in about six months. However, unless the government widens its terms of reference, the crisis created for public housing and local councils will not be properly examined.” ADAMS QUIZZES TAOISEACH ON MICA BLOCK SCANDAL was last modified: June 1st, 2016 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)last_img read more

No kiddin’ – guess what this former Donegal pub has become?

first_imgTransforming a well-known Donegal pub into a new business venture has proven anything but child-play for one local businesswoman.The famous Argony Pipe Bar on the main Donegal to Derry Road close to Newtowncunningham is to get a new lease of life as a childcare facility aimed at families with children aged 6 months to 4 years. The childminding service will be open to families from Donegal and Derry from September.“Teach Lisa” is Irish for Lisa’s House and the ethos of the setting will reflect the home environment of Lisa Mhic Eó, who is opening the facility.Lisa revealed “I have three children of my own and they are brought up with both Irish and English at home and they are bilingual as a result. Children coming to ‘Teach Lisa’ will receive the benefits of early bilingualism as well as the expected benefits of a high quality, safe and stimulating childcare environment.”Aware that the cost of childcare locally is an issue, Teach Lisa is offering its services below the average charges for Donegal and parents may also be able to avail of the new government subsidies taking effect in September.Costs include breakfast and other meals, while other arrangements such as collection and hours can be adapted to suit parents’ needs. “Initially we are restricted to only five full-time places in September but I hope to increase that intake as soon as possible thereafter. Therefore places are at a premium and parents should register now to avoid disappointment.”For further information, parents can contact 0838707680 or message the Facebook page Teach Lisa.No kiddin’ – guess what this former Donegal pub has become? was last modified: July 21st, 2017 by StephenShare 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:Argony Pipe BarCrécheDerrydonegalNewtownlast_img read more