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Farmers give Zuma thumbs-up

December 19, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: idcoqljmx.

first_imgFarmers are positive that relations between government and the agricultural industry are back on track. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica. For more free photos, visit the image library.) MEDIA CONTACTS • Johannes Möller President: Agri SA +27 82 647 8481 • Priscilla Tsotso Sehoole Chief communications manager Department of Agriculture +27 83 265 8728 +27 12 319 7017 USEFUL LINKS • Agri SA • Department of Agriculture, forestry and fisheries. RELATED ARTICLES • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Zuma restructures Cabinet • Growing the organic business • Eating, earning from city farms Khanyi MagubaneSouth African farmers say they are more optimistic about the future of the industry following a productive meeting with the country’s new agriculture minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson.Agri SA, an organisation representing the agricultural industry, met the new minister on 5 August to discuss pertinent issues farmers thought had received little attention from the previous agriculture ministry.“With the first meeting between the minister and Agri SA in Pretoria it was the first time that we were greeted courteously and treated as equal South Africans,” Free State Agriculture president Louw Steytler told Sapa.Steytler reiterated his views at the meeting: “Standing before the congress today I am far more positive than the last six years [that the] winds of change and the voice of reason which farmers wanted to establish in the country are starting to form.”Weeding out thorny issuesTopics under discussion at the conference included food security, food affordability and sustainable land reform. Land reform has been a thorny issue between government and the farming community.Government’s land redistribution programme aims to return land expropriated from black people by the apartheid government. This has created tension between the government and white farmers.The government’s approach has been that of “willing buyer, willing seller”. Under this scheme the government buys land at its market value to return to claimants, but only if the current owner agrees to the sale and the price – thereby respecting the property rights protected by the Constitution.The process has not been without its problems, though.In their Agricultural Policy Statements (APS), Agri SA has stipulated a number of conditions to government in order to facilitate successful land redistribution:● The land redistribution process and broadening of access to other natural resources must be implemented with transparency within the context of recognising property rights, fair compensation and the retention of production potential.● The state should use market value as norm when acquiring land for land redistribution purposes.● This also applies to expropriation – which should serve as last resort for land acquisition when bona fide negotiations have failed, bearing in mind that;● Landowners should have access to courts for rulings regarding the purpose of land acquisition as well as for price determination.The issue of safety and security for farmers and their labourers has long been a concern for the farming community.In their APS, the organisation called on government to devise a more organised form of dealing with crime in the rural and faming areas of the country:● Agri SA expect government to implement an integrated crime prevention and management plan, which includes all state departments, whereby crime-fighting can be managed effectively in a coordinated manner at all government levels.● Purposeful action is needed to eliminate corrupt elements in the police service and to maintain a satisfactory level of service delivery.According to Steytler, farmers have had to turn into activists and crime fighters instead of farming. He said he was glad the government was now willing to pay closer attention to the problem.“Crime, specifically farm murders and violence in the rural areas, became our focus point instead of the production of fibre and food,” he said.Closer tiesThe farming industry in South Africa has been facing difficulty in the wake of the recession, which has affected production.To make matters worse, deteriorating relations with government made it difficult for the industry to have their issues dealt with efficiently.The sentiment has however begun to change over the past few months.Of significance to the Afrikaner community, who still dominate the farming industry, was the warmth shown by President Jacob Zuma as far back as 2007, during his campaigning in the run up to the African National Congress’ Polokwane conference, where a new party president was expected to be chosen.During a November 2007 birthday party attended by Zuma, a number of prominent Afrikaners in politics were also invited. Zuma was seen talking to opposition party Inkatha Freedom Party member of parliament Koos van der Merwe, members of the Afrikaner political party Solidarity as well as celebrated Afrikaans writer Dan Roodt.In May this year Zuma extended another hand to the Afrikaner community by appointing Pieter Mulder, leader of the Afrikaner-dominated opposition party Freedom Front Plus, as deputy minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.Mulder was criticised for accepting the position, which was seen as weakening the opposition. In response he said it offered the Afrikaner community a chance be active in mainstream politics again.“As FF Plus leader I had broadly engaged with Afrikaner cultural and agricultural organisations about the issue and asked their advice about the offer,” he said in a statement.“Their overwhelming and unanimous reaction was that the hand of cooperation which is being extended to us but should not summarily be slapped away but should be seen as an opportunity.”Agri SA also said it had been heartened by Zuma’s State of the Nation address of 3 July.“President Zuma’s State of the Nation address was straightforward and depicted a clear vision for South Africa within Africa,” Agri SA president Johannes Möller said in a statement.“The agricultural sector is not indifferent to poverty issues, unemployment and the general recessionary conditions, on which the president focused.”One of the immediate tasks that the farming community and government are set to work together on is ensuring that the land redistribution programme is a successful.“The minister wants a plan and she asked Agri SA to help,” Steytler said.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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BJP declines berth offer as Nitish Kumar expands Cabinet by inducting eight Ministers

December 1, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: lprxfsblu.

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday expanded his Cabinet with the induction of eight new faces — all from his Janata Dal (United).Members of allies, the BJP and the LJP, were not accommodated.Mr. Kumar later said that the BJP was offered a berth but the party was not too keen.Deputy Chief Minister and BJP senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the party had opted out for now.Five of the new Ministers are MLAs, while three are MLCs.They were sworn in by Governor Lalji Tandon at the Raj Bhavan.The new Ministers are Sanjay Jha, Neeraj Kumar, Shyam Rajak, Bima Bharti, Ashok Chaudhury, Narendra Narayan Yadav, Laxmeshwar Rai and Ram Sevak Singh.Mr. Sanjay Jha, a long-time confidant of Mr. Kumar, was recently elected as an MLC.The State BJP leaders were present at the swearing-in ceremony, but refused to make any comment on why they were denied berths.Earlier, refusing to accept any “symbolic representation,” instead of “proportional representation” in the Union Cabinet, Mr. Kumar had told journalists that in future too his party would not join the Modi government. Mr. Kumar appeared upset over the BJP’s stand of giving only one berth to it.Three seats in the Nitish Kumar Cabinet fell vacant following the election of JD(U) ministers to the Lok Sabha. The three Ministers who were elected to the Lower House included Water Resources Minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan Singh, Disaster Management Minister Dinesh Chandra Yadav and LJP’s Bihar unit chief and Animal and Fisheries Resources Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras.One post fell vacant last year after Manju Verma resigned as Social Welfare Minister in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter case.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Edward Kelly looks to start the year right for Team Lakay

November 27, 2019 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: fofabvlic.

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Being a member of Team Lakay undoubtedly gives anyone a feeling of pride especially with four ONE World champions fighting under its name.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon, and Joshua Pacio all gave the team, and the Philippines, honor when it comes to mixed martial arts.This grandeur, however, also brings pressure to those who don’t have a gold-plated strap around their waist.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTake for example Edward Kelly, one of the top featherweights in the promotion who will be the first man up for the famed Baguio-based promotion in 2019.“There’s an added pressure for me to perform and open the year on a high note for Team Lakay,” said Kelly who will face Evolve MMA’s Christian Lee from Singapore. “I am the first to fight this 2019 so I am planning to give it my all when I get inside that cage.” Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lee put Kelly on a suplex in the first round but the referee deemed the move illegal after the Filipino landed on his head.“His relentlessness is his strength, but that can also be his weakness,” said Kelly. “I need to pick my shots, maximize my striking and be careful with his takedowns. Should the opening present itself, I am definitely going for a knockout.” Kelly’s rematch with Lee is part of the ONE: Eternal Glory card in Jakarta headlined by fellow Team Lakay member and ONE World strawweight champion Joshua Pacio who is defending his belt against Japan’s Yosuke Saruta.Literally the first fighter from Team Lakay to fight this year, Kelly aims to set the tone for his camp after a banner year.All four World champions from that camp won their titles in 2018 beginning with Eustaquio who unified the flyweight belts when he beat rival Adriano Moraes in June while Folayang regained his ONE World lightweight belt in November defeating Lee’s teammate Amir Khan for the vacant strap.“The target is to start the year right for Team Lakay, I want to beat Christian Lee and then hopefully get a crack at the ONE World featherweight title in the near future,” said Kelly, who has to fight Martin Nguyen for the belt if he gets the chance.Kelly (11-5) is also looking to get a convincing win against Lee (10-3) after their first fight ended in a disqualification of the Singaporean.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Phoenix Fuel Masters do ‘Bird Box’ challenge during team building for PBA Season 44 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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