An agronomist at Wienco Liberia Limited (WLL), Eric Asante Antwi, has said that the company is poised to invest US$5m in Liberia’s cocoa sector to help boost the production of the crop in the country.Antwi said this amount will be invested in the next couple of years in order to empower cocoa farmers with the requisite fertilizers and other agriculture inputs that would help increase production in the sector.Speaking with newsmen in Monrovia upon the arrival of some Liberian cocoa farmers from Ghana, who went on a week-long knowledge seeking field trip, Mr. Antwi said Liberia has all it takes to become successful in cocoa production in the West African region.He said his company wants to see the sector boom as it has the potential to improve the country’s economy.“I think that with our last meeting our country director said that we are bringing in US$5m to improve the cocoa sector. We want to see a significant improvement in Liberia and this is already being visible,” he added.“All over West Africa, everybody is looking at Liberia in terms of cocoa production. We have the land and our land is good for tree crops production. Our target is to help our small farmers to improve and run this sector.” Mr. Antwi is craving for the establishment of a Liberian version of the AGM in the country, where regional or county leadership would be elected to steer the affairs of cocoa farmers in the country. “This process will be spearheaded by the farmers themselves. They will elect their executive that will head the Cocoa Lela (a cooperative venture),” he noted.“The AGM was open and our farmers were introduced to their Ghanaian counterparts. About 12,000 farmers from all over the country attended the AGM.”In this knowledge gaining trip, the Ghanaian agronomist said the farmers learned a lot of things which will be of great help to them as they go about their farming business.One of the most important things they learned, he said, was about cross pollination. “We have two forms of pollinations; the one that is physically done by our hands and the one we allow the insects, beads, bugs and other flying insects to do. We make them to understand that the hand pollination is the one that we can use for planting. “I don’t know whether any of them in this room had any prior knowledge on that. Not all of the cocoa pods are meant for planting. You may be given some imports to use, but if you don’t know the varieties after planting you may realize nothing. This is why we have gone on this trip to teach our local farmers these technical things so they can have better yields,” he said.He referred to the returning farmers as ambassadors for cocoa farmers across the country. He said they are now going to be used as Trainers of Trainers (TOT). “We are going to make sure that they share their experiences with others who were not able to make the trip.”WIENCO currently works with one thousand registered farmers in three counties: Bong, Nimba and Lofa and is currently extending to two others: Grand Gedeh and River Gee. The company is also providing assistance and technical support to an additional three hundred farmers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
NEWSLETTERSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal TownFr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 25th 10.00am Patsy & Teresa Furey – Anniversary6.00pm Lily McIntyre – AnniversarySunday 26th 9.00am11.30am Michael Thomas – AnniversarySaturday 3rd 10.00am6.00pm Patrick Peoples – AnniversarySunday 4th 9.00am11.30am William, Michael & Kathleen Peoples – AnniversaryMASSES DURING THE WEEK- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday – 9.30am. Saturday 10.00amSICK AND HOUSEBOUND – Will be attended to on Friday of this weekRECENT DEATHS Mai Mc Callion, Upper Main St. Funeral was on Wednesday. Theresa McHugh, the Mullins,Funeral was on Thursday. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – St. Patrick’s Church on Thursdays, from 10.00am –10.00pm. All Welcome!PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDESThis tour departs on July 16th ex Belfast, 5 nights Hotel Panorama – €709.00 per person sharing. For further details contact – Bob/Annie Faulkner – 0749721071or 087 4036252, Maura Caldwell – 0749723103 or 086 8875787, Patricia Ward -0749721737or 086 8855165, Joe Quinn – 0749722119 or 087 8362727, Fr. Peoples – 0749721026St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 25th 6.30pm Joe Martin – AnniversarySunday 26th 10.30am Adam Colhoun – Months MindSaturday 3rd 6.30pm The deceased members of the Mc Govern family – AnniversarySunday 4th 10.30am Hanah and Denis Lucey – AnniversaryMASSES DURING THE WEEK-. Monday, Thursday and Friday – 10.00am, Wednesday, 7.00pm.EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT -Tuesday from 3pm -7pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.SICK AND AGED Will be visited on Friday, 2nd March commencing at 10.30amCEMETERY SUNDAY MASS Sunday 8th July at 10.30am. In St Agatha’s, Church, Clar. Please tell your family and friends.CITIZENS INFORMATION SERVICE IS COMING TO KILLYBEGCounty Donegal Citizens Information Service will be providing a regular outreach Clinic on Monday mornings from 10.00am to 1.00pm at South West Donegal Community Partnership, Old Niall Mor School, Bridge Street, Killybegs. You are invited to drop in and we can provide you with information, advice and advocacy in respect of your rights and entitlements. WORLD DAY OF PRAYER INTERDENOMINATIONALService takes place: At the Church of Ireland Donegal Town, Friday 2nd March 2012 at 8.00pmS.V.P. THRIFT SHOPPlease note change of opening hours from Monday 5th March, New time – 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Opening hours for Thursday and Friday remain the same- 10.00am to 2.00pm. Please note we cannot accept Electrical goods including Televisions or car seats as we are not permitted to sell same. Broken toys and torn books are not acceptable. Please do not leave these at the shop door.GOOD MORNING SERVICEThis free phone service is provided for people over the age of 60 years who may be living alone, are affected by rural isolation or if they find themselves housebound for whatever reason. We would be very happy to hear from anyone who wishes to receive a call each week. Please call Frances or Deirdre on 0749321598 if you need an application, or further information.FOUR MASTERS Bord na nOgWe are having an underage presentation evening for football, hurling and camogie players in Dom’s Pier One on Sunday 26th February from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.SCOIL AODH RUA AGUS NUALAJunior Infant enrolments for September 2012 will take place on Wednesday 14th March between 1.00pm-3.00pm in the Nuala building. Enrolment forms available on the day or from Secretary’s office (0749722661)FRESH SHAMROCK FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAYFresh Shamrock will be on sale outside the Chapel Gates after Mass on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March, at a cost of €3.00 per packet. Proceeds are in aid of the local Dyslexia Association. Your support will be greatly appreciated.REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT OUTREACHThe Outreach Officer will be in attendance in The Family Resource Centre, Upper Main Street, Donegal Town on Thursday 1st March, from 11.00am to 1.00pm. No appointment necessary. Further enquiries to Helen or Mary 074 9128010. LOCAL NEWS: ST PATRICK’S DONEGAL TOWN PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: February 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:LOCAL NEWS: ST PATRICK’S DONEGAL TOWN PARISH NEWSLETTER
Mahendra Singh Dhoni added another feather to his cap when he led India to a 3-0 clean sweep of Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series in Harare.Chasing a paltry 124 to blank the hosts, India rode on fifties by debutant Faiz Fazal and Lokesh Rahul to hammer Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the third ODI. (Dhoni becomes first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 350 ODI dismissals)The victory helped Dhoni become the second-most successful captain as he joined former Australia skipper Allan Border to win 107 ODIs. Another ex-Aussie captain Ricky Ponting heads the list with 165 victories. (Dhoni flexes his muscles after crushing Zimbabwe)The victory also helped Dhoni become the first Indian captain to record three ODI series whitewashes. Before Zimbabwe, India had defeated England 5-0 in 2008 and repeated their feat in 2011-12. Both of these series sweeps came at home. (Faiz Fazal justifies late call-up with swashbuckling fifty on ODI debut)That’s not all. Dhoni also became the first Indian wicket-keeper and fourth in the world to complete 350 dismissals in ODIs. Dhoni has taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings in 278 matches. (Dhoni happy to focus on daughter after hectic season)He achieved the feat yesterday against Zimbabwe, when he caught Elton Chigumbura off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the 33rd over.Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara leads the list with 482 dismissals followed by Australian Adam Gilchrist and South African Mark Boucher with 472 and 424 dismissals, respectively.