USAID/FED, Partners to Boost Livestock Production

first_imgIn bid to enhance livestock production in Liberia, the United States Agencies for International Development/Food and Enterprise Development Program (USAID/FED) has rehabilitated the Central Agricultural Research Institute’s (CARI) livestock quarantine facility in Suakoko, Bong County.The facility was dedicated last Friday by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Ms. Deborah Malac.The program was attended by the Deputy Minister for Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Seklau Wiles, and the Chief of Party for USAID/FED, Agnes Luz and among other dignitaries.The CARI’s livestock house was destroyed during Liberia’s fourteen year civil crisis. Thanks to USAID/FED’s partnership with the government of Liberia, the facility was revamped to meet the needs of livestock farmers in the country.According to the project document, about 500 improved varieties of goats are initially expected to occupy the new facility.USAID/FED will focus on improving goats husbandry techniques to increase production, while USDA and Land O’ Lakes (USDA/LOL) are to restock the nation’s goat population.The document further explained that goat farmers under the FED program are going to benefit from an imported herd of genetically proven goats to upgrade their existing herd, adding that the facility would be used as a home for nucleus breeding.Cutting the ribbon off the animals’ house last Friday in CARI, Ambassador Malac stated the United States government was gratified to support Liberia’s agricultural programs to reduce poverty and help the country become food secured.“The U.S government has made and will continue to make major investments to support agriculture and agri-business in Liberia through its close partnership with government institutions and agencies. Through projects such as the quarantine facility and the establishment of a thriving goat sector in Liberia, the U.S. government reaffirms its long standing commitment to help reduce poverty and achieve food security,” she said.She emphasized that the facility was critical to the overall process of increasing the national goat herd and represented how her government coordinates investment among different government agencies.“Goats are primary asset of rural village households and farms in Liberia. Considering that nearly 80 percent of all the goat meat consumed in the country is imported from surrounding countries, we intend to reverse that trend,” she explained.The U.S Ambassador mentioned that FED has not only partnered with CARI to increase livestock production, but was also into rice seed multiplication and certification as well as the multiplication of improved varieties of cassava cuttings.For her part, Mrs. Wiles said the government of Liberia was thankful to the people and government of America for helping to revamp the agricultural sector of Liberia.The MoA’s deputy minister, who once served as the national livestock coordinator for her ministry prior to her appointment, said that Liberia had been very productive in livestock production prior to the civil crisis.“Before the war, this facility served as our dairy cattle’s bond that hosted exotic (foreign) breed used for the crossing. We firmly believe that its revamping begins the intention to increase livestock production. This is why we are thankful for the assistance of the U.S government,” she stated joyfully.Dr. Arthur Kanua is the director for livestock research at CARI.He earlier confirmed at the program that his institution (CARI) has partnered with USAID/FED and USDA/LOL to enhance animal farming in Liberia.Speaking exclusively with the Daily Observer newspaper, after the program, the Acting Chief of Party for USDA/LOL, Madam Allison Williams, disclosed that by June of this year her institution is expected to restock the facility at CARI with goats.“We will be able to bring high quality of animals perhaps by June,” she said.According to her, they are working with fifty-nine goat farming groups in the country to increase animal production, adding that farmers are taught to breed livestock as a 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

Forget Cardiff, warns Zidane as Real face ‘complete’ Juventus

first_img“It will be a totally different scenario,” Zidane told a press conference in Turin on Monday.“Ten months have elapsed and tomorrow’s match will have nothing to do with that.“The players are more or less the same but since then our season has not been as good as we expected it to be.“Juventus have been having a great season.”Real Madrid are trailing Barcelona by 13 points in La Liga while Juventus are top of Serie A and in the running for a treble.“Juventus are doing great things and playing beautiful football, it is a complete team,” continued Zidane.“We have to pay attention to everything, their defensive strength and talent of (Paulo) Dybala and (Gonzalo) Higuain up front and their midfield.”Zidane said that there were lots of similarities between the two European giants.“I believe that we are quite similar in our hopes, expectations. These two teams share the same DNA, two teams that fight hard and want to win everything.”Zidane returns to Juventus where he spent five years between 1996 and 2001 as a player before moving to Real Madrid.“I learned a lot as a player and as a person. I left France for the first time, it was a radical change and Juventus welcomed me like a family. I have good memories.”And the former France international said he would not rule out a return to Turin as coach.“Never say never,” he said. “I’m very happy with what I have. I’m very focused on what I’m doing. I don’t really want to think too much about the future.“I live day by day, that’s life, because life is particularly complicated if you coach a team like Real Madrid.”– ‘Important lesson’ –Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said his side had learned valuable lessons from their second final defeat in three seasons last May, and were looking to pull off a shock by eliminating the favourites.“The Cardiff match was a very important lesson. We had a very good first half, but mentally we suffered, we gave it up a bit,” he said.“Especially (as) this is a two-legged clash it cannot happen again. It’s important to stay focused and stay in the match the whole time.“Real are a tricky team. They can be almost sleepy at the beginning but can then hurt us.“We’re up against a team that have been playing the Champions League without interruption since 1997 and are always at least in the semi-finals since 2011.“We know that we’re up against the strongest and the favourites, eliminating such a team would be a step forward and an exploit.”Defender Giorgio Chiellini added that Juventus did not see the match as a chance for revenge, as the seven-time runners-up bid for a third title after 1985 and 1996.“No revenge, because over many years of playing we have had positive and negative memories against everyone,” said Chiellini.“If you want to reach the final stages of the Champions League you have to play the big clubs, we also have good memories, even if we have bad memories of Cardiff.“There’s respect and esteem, but that doesn’t mean we can’t beat them.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned his side not to underestimate Juventus © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOTURIN, Italy, Apr 2 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has warned that last year’s final win over Juventus in Cardiff will count for little in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against the Italians in Turin.Real Madrid lifted their 12th Champions League crown — and second under Zidane — with a 4-1 win last May, but the Frenchman insisted “ten months ago was a completely different situation”.last_img read more