Liberian Farmers Practice Protected Cultivation for More Income

first_imgVegetable farmers in Liberia face many challenges when it comes to growing vegetables. Due to torrential rain fall in almost all parts of the country, vegetables usually don’t grow well.  In fact, few farmers grow vegetables for commercial purpose during rainy season.The majority of the farmers who grow vegetables during the rains are subsistence farmers who do so alongside their rice crops, for home consumption and surplus for the local markets.A group of vegetable farmers comprising of 20 persons on  the outskirt of Monrovia, known as the Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association, has gotten the opportunity to produce vegetables all year round through the practice of protected cultivation (rain shelter) for improved yields and increased profits.Together, the vegetable farmers and the Food and Enterprise Development Program (FED) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) put an area of the farm under protected cultivation in order to grow quality crops,  particularly during the rainy season. The greenhouse-like structure helps farmers protect valuable produce from pests and heavy rain damage. At the same time, it is equipped with drip irrigation which provides sufficient moisture to the crops during the dry season.In Liberia very few farmers are engaged in such practice of producing vegetables. FED /USAID is currently assisting 20 farming groups to benefit from this improved technology.The Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association was established in 1997 to supply vegetables on the local market. After receiving assistance from Chinese agriculture experts, the group got involved in producing high-value exotic vegetables, like tomatoes. But this effort did not last for a long period of time as the Chinese experts left the country.In 2013, the vegetable farmers began partnering with USAID FED to boost production and marketing of their vegetables. The program introduced high quality seeds and fertilizers, and provided training in good agricultural practices as well as market linkages for their produce.“It is interesting to grow vegetables under the green house. Currently, we have sowed tomato and cabbage seeds that will give us more money when taken to the supermarkets,” says Alexander Moah, lead farmer of the Mawah Vegetable Farmers Association.Moah said funds generated from the sale of vegetables produced from the green house will go towards empowering members of the organization to expand their individual farms.Though the growing of vegetables under the Green House is interesting to the local vegetable farmers, marketing was another challenge faced by the farmers until the intervention of USAID FED.Prices are not standardized, and farmers feel cheated by traders in Liberia, especially during the rainy season when there is a surplus of vegetables on the market. But the Mawah farmers have learned something about cultivating vegetables for the local market. At first, the group planted mainly indigenous vegetables, realizing small profits. After planting exotic vegetables, the group saw demand as well as their profits rise.“Planting pepper and bitter ball will not give us all of the profit we need, except during the dry season when vegetables supply is low and prices are more attractive,” says Martha Flomo, a member of the Mawah group.“Through the assistance of FED /USAID in linking us with the various supermarkets in Monrovia, our earnings from the sale of vegetables have increased by 85 percent,” Moah disclosed Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Event taking place Saturday January 10th 2009

first_imgFor more events visit Advertisement – Here are a list of events taking place today in the Energetic City07:30 AM – 07:30 PM  Taylor Tornadoes Pre-Novice Hockey Tournament10:30 AM – 11:30 AM  Pre-School Storytime08:00 PM  Huskies vs. Sexsmith Viperslast_img

STARS receives half million dollar donation

first_imgThe Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society has received a substantial donation from Western Coal.Western Coal has announced it will provide STARS with $500,000 over a five-year period. The company presented a cheque to the non-profit organization in Tumbler Ridge, Wednesday.- Advertisement -STARS provides emergency airlifts out of bases in Calgary, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Last year alone, STARS responded to 1,453 calls in both Alberta and eastern B.C.Western Coal officials say one of the reasons they are donating the money to the team is because one of their own employees was saved in part by the STARS team in December.last_img read more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp provides fitness update on key attacking duo

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed striker Christian Benteke will return to the Reds’ squad for the trip to Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.The Belgium international was rested for the Capital One Cup victory over Bournemouth because of a knee niggle but has trained since and will go back into the side.The Merseysiders will continue to be without Daniel Sturridge, however, who is still struggling with an unspecified knee injury.Defender Kolo Toure is out with a hamstring injury sustained in midweek, midfielder James Milner returns from suspension while forward Roberto Firmino is pushing for a starting spot.Provisional squad: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Firmino, Lallana, Benteke, Bogdan, Lovren, Allen, Brannagan, Ibe, Coutinho, Origi, Randall, Teixeira.Jurgen Klopp: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ‘is a nice guy…unless you’re a journalist or a referee!’Will Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea be the scourge of Liverpool again? 1 Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge last_img read more

Barcelona place staggering £128m price tag on Sergio Busquets amid Prem interest

first_imgBarcelona have slapped a £128m price tag on Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United target Sergio Busquets.The midfielder is set for contract talks with the Spanish champions as he looks to extend his current deal beyond 2019.The Spaniard is keen to stay at the Nou Camp, but Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are monitoring the situation in case talks collapse.However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have told the Premier League trio that they will have to activate Busquets’ £128m buy-out clause if they want to sign him.The Spanish club are confident they will agree fresh terms with the 27-year-old and have no plans to sell him. 1 Sergio Busquets in action for Barcelona last_img read more


first_imgDonegal TD Dinny McGinley has welcomed the allocation of €23,400 for animal welfare in the county.A grant of €21,000 has been sanctioned by Simon Coveney, T.D. Minister for Agriculture, Marine & Food for the Animals in Need Centre, Donegal Town.Another €2,400 will be given to the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, Raphoe. Minister McGinley told Donegal Daily: “It is important that we do our utmost in providing the best care for animals in our county.“Both organisations do incredible work for the welfare of animals in the county.” CHRISTMAS CHEER AS GOVERNMENT MAKES DONATION TO DONEGAL ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS was last modified: December 21st, 2013 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) Tags:animal charitiesanimals in needDinny McGinleyDonegal TownRaphoe Donkey Sanctuarylast_img read more


first_imgThe Errigal Youth team of 2013.Saturday will see the start of three days of top class bike racing when the Errigal International Youth Tour returns to the roads of Churchill and streets of Letterkenny.The event has, for the third year running, attracted a top field of over 250 of the best youth riders from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man and even as far afield as Malta and South Africa!The countdown to this weekends’ races began over six months ago and the success of the events in 2012 and 2013 was due in no small part to the great welcome received from the local community in and around both Churchill and Letterkenny, without their understanding and support it would be impossible to host an event of such magnitude and logistical headaches. The promotion and hosting of the event by Errigal Cycling Club not only showcases the beauty of Donegal but brings a much needed boost to the local economy.The statistics associated with the previous two tours in 2012 & 2013 are quite impressive; it is estimated that each of them held over the August bank Holiday generated income into the area in excess of €250,000.The going was tough over Keelogues last year.With fields of over 200 riders, accompanying parents, family and coaches etc. there where hundreds of additional bed nights generated for local accommodation providers.As for the racing… well it offers a fantastic, colourful spectacle, think of the Tour de France in miniature! Large crowds are expected to once again line the hills in and around Churchill on Saturday and Sunday where the very nature of the courses in and around the village afford spectators a number of ideal locations to view the event. The Queens stage (most difficult) of the Youth Tour is without a doubt Stage 3 on Sunday afternoon when the riders tackle the climb up Keelogues into Churchill. On the day the slope will be lined with hundreds of spectators to watch the leaders battle it out and then to help push the stragglers up the hill.On the Monday the tour departs Churchill for the streets of Letterkenny and the final days Criteriums; these races are fast and furious and held on a circuit that will allow you to get up close and personal with the riders as they race around the one way system.The Youth Tour is the top youth cycling event held in Ireland and is endorsed by both Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster, with each body represented by their own hand-picked teams. Make no mistake this is the one that they all want to win and despite the quality of the field Errigal is confident of success for our own youth riders who have shown themselves in the past to be up for the challenge when the best come calling!The following young Donegal based riders will be hoping to make an impact and a name for themselves this weekend by representing Errigal…Errigal’s U12 Riders: Odhran Doogan…Ulster Road Race Champion and recent winner of the Errigal Youth League Odhran is the youngest member of the Doogan family from Gortahork, Odhran has won a number of other races in his debut season and has well and truly stepped out of the shadow of older siblings Ciara and PJ and already begun making a name for himself in Irish Youth cycling.Cathal GallagherFantastic season for this young Letterkenny man having won a number of races already this year he will be hoping to make a big impact in this year’s tour. Donal WalshRecently crowned Ulster Time Trial Champion in his debut season, this lad from Dungloe has hit the youth scene in a big way with his powerful riding from the front and never say die attitude, this is a young rider who is expected to go from strength to strength.Amanda GallagherUlster Champion who recently won gold and silver at the National Youth Track Championships, Amanda from Dunlewy will hope to carry that form into the tour.Orla Harkin…Strong climber who will gain great experience from this years’ event and is a vitally important member of Errigal’s U12 team.Adam McGeeverA 10 year old in his debut season, Adam recently won the U11 Ulster Championship Road Race and will gain great experience from this year’s tour,There are a number of U12 debutants riding for Errigal this year who will be hoping to make a name for themselves by putting in good performances over the three days of racing. These include Cora Harkin, Joe Harkin, Catherine Kelly and Ciaran McGettigan.Errigal’s U14 Riders:Ciara Doogan…Errigal’s Olympian, a member of the Irish National Team, current Irish and Ulster Champion, and having just returned from the National Youth Track Championships with three gold medals Ciara is without doubt the best in Ireland at her age. She has gone from strength to strength this year and there is no reason to doubt that the girl from Gortahork has the talent to top the GC.PJ Doogan…What can be said about the lad from Gortahork who has consistently won everything there is to win in cycling for his age group in Ireland over the last four years, he was deservedly chosen this year to be part of the 2020 Irish Talent Team. PJ is one of this year’s home-grown favourites and is currently on top form and has the heart and determination that is needed in abundance to succeed in this year’s tour.Conor Halvey…Ulster Road and Time Trial Champion, Conor has had a great season dominating the sprints and winning in most races he has taken part in. He recently won the Errigal Youth League together with gold and silver medals at the National Youth Track Championships in Dublin; the boy from Letterkenny is on great form for the event.Dylan Traynor…As a former winner of the event overall at U11 level in 2012 and winner of the renowned Keelogues Stage in last year’s Youth Tour, Dylan will be hoping to do well in what is his debut season at U14, the young lad from Crolly is a natural climber and should be able to hold his own against the older lads in the steep hills around Churchill.Shauna McFadden…Hailing from Letterkenny, Shauna is a fantastic sprinter and good climber, she is full of confidence going into the event and is expected to ride well and compete with the best.Michael McGlynn…Another member of Errigal’s formidable U14 team, Michael has shown fantastic form this year winning recently in Omagh, the young lad from Brockagh will be hoping to mark his senior year at this level with a great performance in the coming tour.Ronan McCann…This is a young rider who has improved beyond recognition this year, Ronan from Letterkenny worked very hard over the winter and has gone from strength to strength this season and has placed well in a number of events recently.Other Errigal Riders looking to catch the eye at U14 level this year include Ben Carr, Zach Gibson, John Conor Gallagher, Adam Harkin, Sean Og Harrigan and David Rankin.Errigal’s Under 16 Riders:Ciaran McFaddenA real talent, Ciaran from Falcarragh will be hoping to perform to his maximum, as on his day he is a fantastic bike rider who is a proven winner at every youth level, has the potential to go a long way in the sport.Amy HarkinA veteran of the last two tours, and current Donegal Ladies Champion, Amy from Ray near Falcarragh will be hoping that her climbing ability comes to the fore in the hills around Churchill.Ciaran HarkinThis has been a good year for Ciaran who has only got stronger as the year has gone on, the lad from Ray will be hoping to show real form over the coming three days of racing, he has a real talent for climbing.Other Errigal U16 riders racing for Errigal in the tour this year and hoping to perform well include Adam Rankin and Conor Dabell from Letterkenny who have improved so much this year and shown real determination and commitment. First time debutant Michael O’Donnell from Crolly has only recently taken up the sport and has showed real character, he will hope to gain valuable experience from the event with a view to entering the Junior ranks in 2015.Saturday Day 1Stage 1: Racing Starts 13.00This will be an exciting fast Road Race that starts and finishes on the Main Street in Churchill, the route heads out from village down the hill and then along the shores of Lough Gartan before looping back to Churchill. U12 (1 lap), U14 (3 laps), U16 (5 laps)Sunday Day 2Stage 2: Racing Starts 10.15A challenging 1.6km hilly time trial starting from race headquarters at Gartan Outdoor Centre and finishing in the host village Churchill. All competitors start separately at one minute intervals, this is a race against the clock that will have a major influence on the overall results.Stage 3: Racing Starts 15.00This is the Queen’s Stage of the Youth Tour that the spectators love! With the very steep Keelogues climb back up into Churchill, the hill is always lined with hundreds of people and the fantastic effort put in by the youths on this stage has to be seen to be believed. U12 (1 lap), U14 (3 laps), U16 (5 laps).Monday Day 3Stage 4: Racing Starts 09.30On Monday morning the competitors will roll out on to a Criterium circuit in the town of Letterkenny. The route starts and finishes on Paddy Harte Road on the one-way system down by Century Cinemas and offers spectators a fantastic view of Criterium racing at its best.MINIATURE TOUR DE FRANCE COMES TO DONEGAL THIS WEKEND! was last modified: July 30th, 2014 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:CYCLINGdonegalErrigal Youth Internationalletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgGARDAÍ are hunting a vicious gang which terrorised a man in his own home, before taking his car.Officers believe people in Donegal may be able to help their investigation as cars used in the horrific incident may have travelled through the county, possibly in the Ballyshannon area.The victims car ‘s was dumped just across the Border. On the 11th December 2013 at approximately 11.30pm a house in Duncarbery, Tullaghan, County Leitrim, was forcibly entered by 4 or 5 men wearing balaclavas, say Gardaí.The homeowner a male (aged in his late 30’s) was assaulted in his own home, his hands and legs were bound with cable ties and he was bundled into the boot of a waiting car outside his house.The car is believed to have been a relatively new type Mercedes, possibly an E Class model.During the attack witnesses noticed a dark coloured Jeep with a closed-in trailer hooked up to the jeep close to the scene. A car belonging to the homeowner was stolen during the incident, it is a grey coloured Audi A4 1.9 TDI, Estate, partial registration number 04 DL ****.This car was recovered in Beleek, Co. Fermanagh. A number of electrical items / appliances were stolen from the house. The homeowner sustained minor injuries in the course of the incident.A Garda investigation is underway since the report of the false imprisonment, unauthorised taking was reported and a Senior Investigating Officer & Incident Room Coordinator have been appointed.The incident room is based in Manorhamilton Garda Station and can be contacted 24 hours on 071 9820620 and callers from the North are advised to use 00353 as a prefix to this telephone number.“Investigating Gardaí are working in cooperation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Witness canvassing has been carried out extensively and a checkpoint was performed near the scene in an effort to harvest evidence,” said a spokesman. Gardaí are appealing for members of the public to contact Manorhamilton Garda Station 071 9820620 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or indeed any Garda Station/Police Station in either jurisdiction to assist with the investigation regarding the movements of the Mercedes car, the dark coloured jeep & closed-in trailer and the grey coloured Audi A4 Estate.GARDAÍ APPEAL FOR HELP AFTER VICIOUS AGGRAVATED BURGLARY was last modified: December 21st, 2013 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)Tags:BallyshannondonegalGardaileitrimPSNIrobbefryrobberylast_img read more


first_imgThe hugely popular travel agency Liberty Travel has scooped a prestigious award at the annual Travel Centres Ireland conference. Liberty Travel was awarded with the coveted ‘Agent of the Year’ award at the glitzy ceremony last weekend.Liberty Travel has established a stellar reputation over the years for providing fantastic customer excellence for its clients and this award is recognition for the superb service it consistently offers. The award has no doubt strengthened Liberty Travel’s position as the North-west’s leading independent travel agencyThe Travel Centres Ireland conference took place at Killashee House in Naas County Kildare, where the great and the good of the travel industry gathered to mark the past years achievements.Carolyn Davis, Director of Liberty Travel told Donegal Daily, “Travel Centres Ireland is the largest consortium of independently owned, licensed and bonded travel agents with over 80 outlets located throughout the country.“I am delighted to be the recipient of this award which recognises the hard work and commitment of my outstanding team. “It’s recognition that we provide absolute excellence consistently to our customers, and they trust us because we continually deliver what they expect.   LIBERTY TRAVEL AWARDED WITH AGENT OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesLiberty Travelnewslast_img read more