Lack of Market Hinders Gbedin Farmers

first_imgFarmers in Gbedin in Nimba County are complaining about the lack of markets to sell their produce, which they say has been an ongoing problem over the years.They also lack adequate farming implements that could enable them to become more productive and increase their harvestsSpeaking to the Daily Observer in Gbedin Town yesterday, the chairman of the Dokodan Farmers’ Cooperative, Jefferson W. Tokpah, said they need necessary implements to enhance their productivity.He said the farmers cultivate rice and vegetables on 164 hectares (410 acres) of land. “We do this with two power tillers and one rice thresher. We have about 250, 000 kilograms of seed rice since December last year, but we do not have buyers. We harvest three times annually and because we do not have buyers, we are unable to produce more,” said Tokpah.An organization called Africa Rice asked them to produce 250, 000 kilograms of seed rice, and although they produced the order, African Rice has never returned to purchase the rice, a disappointed Tokpah narrated. According to Chairman Tokpah, there are about 97 farmers, including 37 females who are unhappy because there is no one to buy their harvests.This reporter visited the Gbedin Camp and saw lots of farming activities going on, including farmers drying rice while others were harvesting and threshing rice.Gbedin is where the World Food Program used to obtain clean rice for distribution to schools across Nimba County, but the rice mill provided by WFP is broken, according to the farmers.Presently, the dam used to supply water during the dry season is also broken, causing flooding in the community when it rains heavily.Meanwhile, the farmers are appealing to the Ministry of Agriculture and other interested wholesale rice dealers to work with them to get their stock of rice sold in order to keep them in business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shoplifting suspects sought by Dawson Creek RCMP

first_imgThese women alleged were involved in multiple instances of shoplifting in late December and early January.Anyone with more information on this case is asked to contact Dawson Creek RCMP. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The RCMP detachment in Dawson Creek is seeking multiple suspects in a number of robberies that took place over December and January.The businesses that were allegedly stolen from were not disclosed by RCMP, but they are in Dawson Creek.The RCMP says attempts to identify these suspects have been unsuccessful.- Advertisement –Photo by Dawson Creek RCMP Photo by Dawson Creek RCMPThis woman is alleged to have shoplifted in late December.suspects 2Photo by Dawson Creek RCMPAdvertisementlast_img

Lionel Messi brace sinks Villarreal as Barcelona and Real Madrid stay locked at top

first_imgLionel Messi scored his 50th and 51st goals in all competitions to help Barcelona keep the pressure on Real Madrid in the Spanish league’s tight title race on Saturday.Neymar and Luis Suarez also struck in a 4-1 victory over Villarreal that increased the combined goal tally of Barcelona’s trio of star strikers to 102 in the campaign.Barcelona’s fifth straight win kept them level on points with Real Madrid, who even without Cristiano Ronaldo eased to a 4-0 victory at already relegated Granada.Barcelona hold the tiebreaker over Madrid, but Madrid have three matches to play after this round to Barcelona’s two. That means Madrid control their own fate as they try to dethrone Barcelona and lift their first Liga title since 2012.”We now have three finals left,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It doesn’t matter what Barcelona does, we have to focus on our matches.”BARCELONA 4, VILLARREAL 1Messi’s goal on the last kick of the first half tilted a match that was wide open for the first 45 minutes in Barcelona’s favor.Neymar, who excelled in his incursions from the left flank throughout, opened the scoring when he poked in a shot by Messi that hit a defender and fell to him in front of goalkeeper Andres Fernandez.Villarreal responded with a goal by striker Cedric Bakambu in the 32nd when Roberto Soldado played him clear on the break as he sped away from Gerard Pique.Soldado barely missed with a header on the other end before Neymar helped Messi reach the 50-goal mark for the fifth time in his career.advertisementNeymar deftly dribbled past a pair of defenders and laid off for Messi to put the ball on his left boot. Head down, Messi opened an angle around two defenders and unleashed a long strike that took a deflection off Villarreal’s Mario Gaspar before finding the net.”(Messi) is a specialist in knowing where to be to do damage,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said.”(Neymar) has a different way of understanding football for all the rest. He plays at such a high speed. Sometimes it’s a dance, something exceptional, more than just merely dribbling.”Suarez fired his goal under Fernandez in the 69th after Sergi Roberto set him up in the area.Messi increased his league-leading haul to 35 goals when he converted a penalty in the “panenka” style, gently chipping the ball down the middle after the goalie moved, after Jaume Costa handled the ball in the box.GRANADA 0, REAL MADRID 4With Ronaldo resting for the Champions League semifinals, a Madrid side full of second-choice players had no trouble dealing Granada a fifth loss in a row under new coach Tony Adams.James Rodriguez needed three minutes to spark the rout and another eight to double the lead. Alvaro Morata took over, scoring twice more by the 35th.Granada offered little resistance and only the woodwork denied Lucas Vazquez adding to the demolition.”Real Madrid is on another level to us,” Adams said.ATLETICO MADRID 1, EIBAR 0Atletico Madrid rebounded from their stinging loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League by sealing their return to the continent’s top-tier competition for a fifth consecutive year.Atletico’s victory at home over Eibar ensured Diego Simeone’s side will finish in the top four places in Spain.Atletico remained in third place, 11 points ahead of Villarreal in fifth.Atletico lost at Madrid 3-0 in the opening leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday. The return leg is next Wednesday.Far from being downcast following that defeat, Atletico’s fans cheered loudly throughout the match.”It’s incredible, our fans are with us until the end,” goalscorer Saul Niguez said. “They will be with us again on Wednesday. We will do everything we can to pull off the comeback.”Niguez drilled in a low cross by Diego Godin that substitute Fernando Torres smartly decided not to touch when it crossed his path in the 69th.Godin was sent off in stoppage time after picking up two quick bookings.SPORTING GIJON 1, LAS PALMAS 0Sporting rekindled their hopes of avoiding relegation by moving to within three points of Leganes, who will host Betis on Monday.last_img read more

Mercedes launches AMG GLC 43 Coupe in India at Rs 74.8 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 21(PTI) German luxury carmaker Mercedes- Benz today launched AMG GLC 43 Coupe in India priced at Rs 74.8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).”This new SUV Coupe is going to be a key addition to our 43 AMG line and will be instrumental in further popularising the 43 AMG range to a new customer base,” Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Roland Folger told reporters here.The model combines elegance of a coupe with dynamics of a sports car and versatility of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, he added.”We are confident that this brand will be well received by our elite Indian customers,” Folger said.The petrol powered vehicle produces 367 HP and can sprint from 0-100 km/h in mere 4.9 seconds.The new model is the 8th product launch by the company in India during the year.The vehicle comes with various features including all wheel drive, electric sunroof and LED light system.Commenting on the sales performance during the current year, Folger said: “It has turned out to be a golden year for us”.In the first half of the year, the automaker has sold 7,171 units in India, its best performance till date.”We are confident that we will lead the luxury car segment this year as well,” Folger said.In order to further push AMG brand in India, the company plans to add two new AMG performance centres at Chennai and Kochi, he added.The company currently has AMG performance centres at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad. PTI MSS BALlast_img read more