first_img ‘New NAFTA’ fails local growers, says Florida Farm … September 10 , 2018 South African farming organization Agri SA and its members have had a “productive and fruitful discussion on various issues” with the country’s ruling party the African National Congress.The talks come amid growing calls from many South African for land expropriation without compensation.More than 200 members, which included farmer representatives from Agri SA’s provincial, commodity and corporate chambers, were present at the talks.“This engagement with the ANC is of immeasurable value, we are optimistic about the future of a sustainable agricultural sector in South Africa,” said Dan Kriek, Agri SA president. Limoneira’s Q1 results hit by lower lemon pricing … State of the Market – Week 24, 2019 … center_img “I feel that the ANC heard our concerns and will take it into consideration for the path ahead.”Members had the opportunity to voice their concerns about expropriation without compensation (EWC),  Agri SA said, adding that it remains against any amendment to section 25 of the Constitution.The group believes section 25 as it currently stands provides the state with the necessary legislative powers to ensure that land reform takes place in an orderly way and according to prescribed processes, it says.“We all have to work together now to ensure food security for all South Africans,” said Kriek.Agri SA added that the ANC is “encouraged by the spirit of cooperation from the farming community” and that it is particularly interested in creating an inclusive economy. You might also be interested in Sun World sells its farming operations … last_img

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first_img Men’s health affects baby’s health too The foundation received official notification last month that it can carry out the project, Bunbury said. Eradication is likely to begin in November or December. The program, which has the backing of the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Energy, is one of several the foundation is carrying out thanks to a $960,000 grant from the EU.Bunbury and Haverson argue that the damage the green parakeets could have on the Seychelles is higher than in other regions because of the Seychelles’ small size and extreme isolation. Seychelles must import much of what it consumes, so if the little agriculture the islands do carry out is ruined, it could have outsized financial consequences, they say.The project will place nets around the roosting site next to Georges’ wooden farmhouse. Any birds that evade the nets will be targeted through guns with silencers.As the green parakeets swooshed into her green bamboo stalks on a recent evening, Georges sat on a wooden bench, looked down her lush green valley and out onto a moonlit Indian Ocean.“Definitely the black parrot has priority over the little green ones, but still it would be a shame to eradicate them,” she said as the day’s light faded. Sponsored Stories At 6:20 p.m., small packs of green parrots began flying up the valley to the bamboo patch beside Georges’ house. Gliding in under a bright crescent moon in small groups of three, five or 10 birds, they whoosh into the bamboo, not far from the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg that Georges sells to tourists.An animal-lover, Georges has mixed feelings about the kill mission. She says it would be a “calamity” if the parakeets wiped out the nation’s black parrots, but otherwise she enjoys watching them fly in to roost for the night.“They seem to be a part of the evening routine. You finish work, you have a beer on the deck and you see the droves of birds coming up to the trees,” she said.The Indian ring-necked parakeet first appeared in the Seychelles in the 1970s, perhaps when a caged pet escaped or was set free, said Peter Haverson, a Briton with a novel job title: avian eradication specialist.The population turned viable in the mid-1980s and by the 1990s it was recognized as a threat. In 2000, when Haverson guesses that the population was only a couple dozen strong, the island began an awareness campaign against the birds.Though graceful and good-looking, the green parakeets have earned the designation of pest. They eat from residential fruit trees and commercial crops. Perhaps of greater concern to Seychelles, they could kill off the nation’s black parrots by introducing beak and feather disease, a fatal affliction for the black parrot. “You sit here. The moon and the birds come in. It’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling at the day’s end.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories How men can have a healthy 2019 Other countries _ Britain, Australia, even parts of the U.S. _ are also seeking to control their green parrot populations, he said, but the Seychelles project is the first attempt to eradicate the bird from an ecosystem. The Indian ring-necked parakeet is native to 35 countries and has been introduced to another 39. Its growth is a consequence of the global travel patterns of humans. Invasive species are recognized by the convention on biodiversity as a major threat to ecosystems, especially island ecosystems.“Because Seychelles is such a small island it’s an achievable program here,” Haverson said.Georges _ the 75-year-old caretaker of Le Jardin du Roi, or the Garden of the King _ is skeptical the project will succeed in killing all the birds.“How are they going to do it? How?” she says.So far the project has only carried out a count of the green parakeet. Nets and guns are being brought in. Hand-in-hand with the eradication campaign is an educational campaign designed to lessen the outcry for killing of the birds.“These parrots aren’t part of their natural heritage,” said Nancy Bunbury, who works with the Seychelles Islands Foundation. “If we can get that message through them they (Seychelles residents) are more accepting of the fact that you want to do something about it.” Check your body, save your lifecenter_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressLE JARDIN DU ROI, Seychelles (AP) – The green parrots that live on the tropical paradise of Seychelles fly into the bamboo stalks next to Micheleine Georges’ 150-year-old farmhouse at dusk. The birds are small and cute. They are also marked for death.The eradication of the Indian ring-necked parakeet is the goal so that a Seychelles’ national bird _ the black parrot _ may live, those carrying out the EU-funded project say. The black parrot could be wiped out by a disease that the Indian ring-necked parrot carries. Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The two species don’t yet intermingle. The green parrots are only found on the country’s main island, Mahe, while the black parrots live on Praslin, 25 miles (40 kilometers) to the northeast. That’s likely too far to fly, but biologists fear the green parrots could hop on a ferry and land in Praslin.The Seychelles Islands Foundation eradication project estimates that the island nation now has 230 of the parakeets, a number that would rise to 3,000 birds in a decade if the birds are allowed to live. The parakeets can grow to 16 inches (40 centimeters), twice as big as the budgerigar parakeet, the common house pet, which grows to about 7 inches (18 centimeters).The Seychelles is a chain of 115 breathtakingly beautiful islands far out in East Africa’s Indian Ocean. That isolation creates unique mini ecosystems, but it can also place the black parrot in peril.“They tend to be more vulnerable to diseases because they’ve been brought up in an environment where they’re not open to global threats of other diseases,” said Haverson. “They’re very secure here, but now you have an alien invader coming in which has this disease which could devastate it.”last_img

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family MOSCOW (AP) – President Vladimir Putin submitted a bill Wednesday that would change how the upper house of the Russian parliament is formed, a move he said would make it more democratic but which critics said wouldn’t change the body’s role as an obedient tool of the Kremlin.Under the current system, the Federation Council is made up of randomly chosen former officials or rich businessmen with government links, with two representatives for each of Russia’s 87 regions. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img Putin’s bill will have candidates for provincial governors publicly name their choice for an upper house member from the region ahead of local elections. The second candidate for each province should be a member of its legislature, Putin said.The bill requires approval from the lower house of parliament as well as the Federation Council itself. Given both bodies’ genuflection to Putin, it is all but certain to quickly pass.Putin won a third presidential term in March’s election despite a wave of massive protests in Moscow against his rule.He has approved a series of political reforms supposedly aimed at making Russia’s tightly controlled political system more democratic. The opposition has dismissed the changes as window dressing that wouldn’t weaken Putin’s steely grip on power.Alexander Kynev, an independent political expert, was quoted by the online Gazeta.ru as saying that the upper house’s makeup would continue to depend on political manipulations and not the people’s will.“As before, the house will be formed not by the voters but through some strange procedures,” he said.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img

first_img Sponsored Stories Eloya said his company would focus on operating the 1,800 public charging spots that service Israel’s more than 1,000 electric cars but would not sell cars or provide battery-swap services as Better Place did. Officials in the Israeli economics ministry and the courts said they were not immediately aware of the deal.Better Place launched its operations in 2007 to great fanfare, starting out as a source of pride and a symbol of Israel’s status as a global high-tech power. But it shut down in May after failing to sell its silent fleet of French-made sedans to a skeptical public.It capped a stunning fall from grace for Better Place and its founder Shai Agassi. He believed that in an era of global warming and rising oil prices, environmentally friendly electric cars could be the wave of the future, if a way could be found to overcome the limited range of their batteries.Agassi could not be reached for comment Thursday.The project won the support of President Shimon Peres, received generous financial incentives from the Israeli government and an endorsement from former U.S. President Bill Clinton. In roughly five years, Better Place raised some $850 million from investors like General Electric Co., HSBC Holdings PLC and the European Investment Bank. ___Online:Gnrgy Ltd.: http://www.gnrgy.com Check your body, save your life Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility (Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology JERUSALEM (AP) – An Israeli energy startup has taken over the remains of Israel’s trailblazing _ and now bankrupt _ electric car venture, the new owner said Thursday.Ran Eloya, founder and CEO of Gnrgy Ltd., said his company bought the remaining assets of Better Place for less than $450,000, a fraction of its $2 billion valuation less than two years ago.Better Place filed for liquidation in May, six years after promising to revolutionize the auto industry by reducing the world’s oil dependency. The company burned through hundreds of millions of dollars building a network of chargers and battery-swapping stations, but experienced poor sales. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img

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