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FAO Rep Presents Credential and Signs Livestock Development Project Document

first_imgThe new Country Representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) assigned to Liberia, Marc Abdala, recently presented his Letter of Credence to Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia.The new FAO Country Representative said he was in Liberia to join the Country Office team in working alongside the Government of Liberia (GoL) to fight hunger, poverty and malnutrition through the development of agriculture in its broad spectrum, youth empowerment and the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). He added that Liberia is a great country with hard working and committed people eager to take the nation to higher heights, especially in the areas of food security, fishery, forestry and support to rural women. He then pledged FAO’s continued collaboration with the government and people of Liberia in the New Year 2015.For his part, Foreign Minister Ngafuan recalled FAO’s enormous contributions to food security and agriculture, as well as the Organization’s current efforts, aimed at combating the Ebola virus.“You can be assured of stronger collaboration between FAO and the government during your tenure as head of mission of your Organization”, the Minister stated. He said the government and people of Liberia are grateful for “FAO’s assistance to the country in the days of crisis.” The Liberian Foreign Minister expressed concern over effects of Ebola on farmers and agriculture, adding the government will be looking forward to FAO’s increased support in the New Year and beyond.At the same time, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) and FAO signed a two-year project document for the survey and characterization of livestock breeds in the country. The project, titled, “Survey and characterization of livestock breeds and their production systems in Liberia for the development of a National Strategy and Action Plan for animal genetic resources”, is worth USD 337,000.This proposal is to support the survey and characterization of the genetic resources of livestock (cattle, goats, sheep and pigs) in Liberia. In addition, this project will support the establishment of a National Strategy and Action Plan for the sector.Agriculture Minister Dr. Florence Chenoweth, speaking during the signing ceremony, lauded FAO for supporting the development of livestock in Liberia. She said the effort is in consonance with Government’s decentralization and capacity development across the country. Minister Chenoweth said the Ministry of Agriculture remains committed to the cordial working relationship subsisting between FAO and MoA.“The more we present ourselves as one group working together, the more it’s better for farmers and agriculture,” the Minister added.For his part, FAO’s Representative Mr. Abdala, reiterated the Organization’s desire to support a vibrant agricultural programme in line with FAO’s Country Programming Framework and the government’s priorities. He praised the people of Liberia “for achieving a lot and doing quite well in recent years. He then expressed confidence that the country will soon overcome the Ebola Virus Disease for a fresh start in 2015.A career agronomist, the newly FAO Representative has vast professional and working backgrounds in agriculture, agro chemistry, agriculture industry development and diplomacy. He joined FAO in 1998 and has served in several countries and portfolios, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, la Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic as well as Ethiopia, where he worked with the African Union through the FAO Representation based in Addis Ababa in addressing food insecurity in the Horn of Africa. He is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taylor, Powell setup Tallawahs win over Warriors

first_imgRoss Taylor and Rovman Powell struck unbeaten half-centuries as the Jamaica Tallawahs cruised to an 8-wicket win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Saturday night’s sold-out match, played under lights at the National Stadium at Providence, East Bank Demerara.In a match where the Warriors opted to drop skipper Rayad Emrit following some lean performances, Australian all-rounder Chris Green was given the captaincy, and did well to marshal his team, which fell just short of a few runs in the end.Inserted to bat after winning the toss, the home team made a strong impression upfront with their top-order; with half-centurion Jason Mohammed cracking three sixes and five fours in his 54 off 33; Shimron Hetmyer making an aggressive 48 with four fours and a six; and new opener Cameron Delport helping to set the tone with a brisk 34, taking the Warriors to 173-6 in their 20 overs.The Tallawahs were then indebted to Taylor, the veteran New Zealand batsman, who played a typical innings, striking the ball with venom to see his franchise comfortably over the rope, as they ended on 177-2 in 18.1 overs.The Kiwi ended on 60, with five fours and three sixes, sharing an unbroken stand of 114 with the all-rounder Powell, who struck 55 off 36, with six fours and two maximums to go along with his two wickets.Warriors’ ace spinner Imran Tahir again was the difference, but despite snaring 2-30, could not pull things back alone.Opener Glenn Phillips (27) got the chase on its way with a pace as he raced into the 20s in a matter of deliveries with a pair of fours and sixes, courtesy of some flashy shots around the ground. But a well-disguised ‘Googly,’ compliments of the master Tahir, who ran to the Party Stand to celebrate his wicket with the cheering Guyanese fans, saw the dismissal of the right-hander.Despite their early loss, the Tallawahs reached 50 in the 6th over, but it was to be salted, as Tahir served up another Googly to disturb the stumps of the other opener, Johnson Charles, for 25. At the halfway mark, the visitors were 82-2, twelve runs more than the Warriors had at that stage, as they entered the last 10 overs with 92 runs needed for a win.Taylor and the in-form Powell plundered the attack, finding the boundary and beyond with little effort. Taylor eventually reached his second fifty of the season, and Powell followed shortly after as they launched a pinch-hitting spectacle which saw the match ending with a boundary.Earlier, a new-look starting pair, Luke Ronchi (6) and Delport, sought to mix things up after Chadwick Walton, who made an ultra-aggressive 25 down the order, failed in his opening stint for most of the season. That move also backfired when Ronchi played a half-hearted drive and was caught by Powell off Thomas, who continued to provide the early breakthroughs for the Tallawahs.Delport struck three crisp fours early on to get his innings going in the most positive manner since his arrival in the team, and brought up his fourth off Guyanese off-spinner Steven Jacobs.The home team went past their 50 mark in the 8th over with the South African looking dangerous in his thirties, but another ambitious attempt to clear the ropes resulted in a brilliant diving catch inches from the rope, courtesy of Powell (2-21) to give Badree his first. With just 70 on the board after the first 10 overs, Mohammed and Hetmyer were then tasked with ensuring the Warriors added 100 more at least.Hetmyer turned up the heat on Ish Sodhi, who was clobbered for a big six before going for a boundary through extra-cover as the Warriors upped their ante against the spinners, whom Russell opted to have bowl for most of the innings. The left-right combo saw a number of boundaries being scored as the home side brought up their 100 inside 15 overs.The final overs saw Hetmyer succumbing to a catch in the deep off Grandhomme, after attempting to pull Sodhi just two shy of what would have been a near-perfect half-century. Mohammed turned up the heat on Sodhi with a few masterful sixes; one over extra-cover, following Walton who hit Thomas over the same area a few deliveries prior; and one over mid-wicket, as he soon got to his fifty before being caught-and-bowled by Thomas.The Warriors will now turn their attention to Sunday’s (tonight) must-win game versus the defending champions, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), which bowls off from 18:00h. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more