Cassava Processors, Stakeholders Complete Study Tour of Nigeria

first_imgA 19-person delegation comprising processors and stakeholders from the cassava sector of Liberia have returned home after completing a one-week cassava study tour of Nigeria.The visit afforded them the opportunity to learn about Nigeria’s cassava sector success stories, the challenges involved and the ways to improve the cassava business to ensure sustainability in job creation and the improvement of food security.The tour was the second of its kind sponsored by the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA). In November 2016, LADA sponsored a similar study tour in rice industrialization and commercialization in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA).The cassava study tour was supported by the Smallholder Agricultural Productivity Enhancement and Commercialization (SAPEC), a MOA project, sponsored by the African Development Bank and the World Bank.Cassava is a major crop cultivated by both small and large scale farmers in Liberia.Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava in the world and has taken major steps to industrialize and commercialize cassava production. Nigeria produces over 19% of the world production followed by Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.While in Nigeria the Liberian delegation visited a number of important institutions including FIIRO-Industrial Research Institute in Lagos, responsible for research on cassava utilization and processing; Psaltery International (Ado-Awaiye); Starch Factory and Eagleson Cassava (Iseyin, Oyo State), producer of high quality cassava flour, cassava starch, and gari.Another major establishment toured by the delegation was the Niji Lucas Enterprise (Ilero, Oyo State), producer of fabricated farming machineries, starch and high quality cassava flour. This enterprise also has a cassava plantation of over 4,000 acres. The team also visited the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), a cassava research venture, to assess the different technologies available, and several food laboratories and cassava businesses in Lagos.The Liberia Agricultural Transformation Agenda (LATA) foresees that cassava will improve the livelihoods of rural people and boost the economy.“The cassava study tour was a great experience for us as processors. It gave us the opportunity to see how our country can use mechanized equipment to produce more cassava to sell on the market. We lack the capacity to produce more cassava as the production of the crop is still being done manually. Now that the government and international partners are working to procure modern equipment that will boost production, we are getting ready for the market,” said Angie Howard, proprietor of Falama Incorporated.Madam Howard stated that for Liberia to become successful in the cassava industry, the government must also introduce a policy that will enhance the production and processing of cassava.“We need a regulation that will require that every bread flour or bread produced in Liberia must contain 10 percent cassava to ensure increased market opportunity for both farmers and processors,” she stated.For her part, Gertrude Cooper of the New Generational Women Farmers in Clay Ashland, Montserrado County said: “We are very thankful to the government and LADA for affording us the opportunity to travel to Nigeria and experience how our country can boost cassava production to create jobs and end hunger.”Others inspect various cassava productsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man who kicked ‘dog up and down street like a football’ is jailed

first_imgA man who kicked a dog up and down a street “like a football” and then burned its remains has been jailed for a total of 18 months.Christopher Foy was seen by a neighbour attacking the dog late at night.Foy, 27, claims he was high on drink and drugs when he carried out the brutal attack on the little pup which was named ‘Buttons.’ Pensioner Carrie Pringle, a neighbour of Foy’s in the small village of Mountcharles, said that she saw him “kicking the dog in the air like a football.”However, when Ms. Pringle opened up her window and shouted at the accused, he picked the dog up and walked on.Flatmates of Foy said how he had gone for a walk late in the evening of January 24th last but returned ten minutes later without the dog.Garda Sgt Oliver Devenney told Letterkenny Circuit Court how the dog, small terrier, had been found and it had severe scorch marks to its body. A visitor to Foy’s flat, Gary Walsh, told Gardai that he witnessed the accused kicking the dog out the door and then squeezing its neck.An examination on its remains later found that the dog had died as a result of a ruptured liver as a result of blunt force trauma.Foy said that at the time he was taking between 20 and 50 Benzodiazepine tablets a day as his medication had not been working.He was also mixing this with alcohol.He said he was devastated having learned that he had killed his little pup which was just about 12 months old. He told the probation services “I’ve killed Buttons due to my drinking and drugs. I loved this dog with all my heart and I couldn’t imagine hurting her.I didn’t mean to kill her but this was a week of destruction and my medication was not working,” he said.Mrs Pringle, who had witnessed Foy kick the dog repeatedly, told the court in a statement that she felt Foy could be rehabilitated.“His actions on that night was a result of drugs. I’m concinved he could make a life for himself if he gets off drugs,” she said.Foy was also charged with making threats to kill the father of his partner. Foy admits sending a mass card in the name of the IRA to Cyprian Gallagher.The card was left on Mr Gallagher’s doorstep and he suspected that Foy, who had a child with his daughter Shannon, was responsible.Gardai called to a number of shops which sold mass cards and they found the name of a mass card bought in the name of Cyprian Gallagher at Timoney’s News in Donegal Town.Upon examining CCTV, Gardai discovered it was Foy who had purchased the card.He initially denied the charge but later admitted to Gardai that he had sent the mass card.He also admitted to a charge of criminal damage after causing more than €1,500 of damage to the flat in which he was a tenant in Mountcharles.Barrister for Foy, Mr Peter Nolan said his client had been addicted to tablets and had received psychiatric treatment at St Conal’s Psychiatric Unit in Letterkenny for two days.He said his client’s father had died when he was just 12 months old and that he had left school at 16 and was barely able to read or write.On killing Buttons his dog, Mr Nolan said “He destroyed the only thing he loved.”Judge John Aylmer sentenced Foy said it was clear that Foy is a person in need of significant treatment for his addictions.He sentenced him to two and a half years in jail for making threats to kill, a further 18 months for Cruelty to Animals and nine months for the criminal damage of his apartment.He also ordered that all sentences are to run concurrently and suspended the last 12 months of the case while backdating the sentence to February last when Foy entered Castlerea Prison.Judge Aylmer also made an order that Foy seek the necessary treatment for his addictions as part of his order.He also banned Foy, who had 33 previous convictions for a range of offenses including public order, theft and criminal damage, from keeping animals for life.* Speaking after the case, ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley congratulated Garda James Connolly and Sgt Oliver Devanney in assisting the ISPCA in this successful investigation and also Nicholas McGarvey, a vet with the Old Church Veterinary Clinic in Donegal Town.This particular case is the second custodial sentence imposed under the Animal Health and Welfare Act of 2013 and both were in Co Donegal.Man who kicked ‘dog up and down street like a football’ is jailed was last modified: December 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:Christopher FoycourtDOGdonegalGardaikicked to deathkilledMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more