Mr Tim Modise: Chief Communications and Marketing Officer:2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee.At least 500 delegates attended the first day of the 2010 National Communication Partnership (NCP) conference held today, at the Sandton Convention Centre.Johannesburg, South Africa: The conference, now in its third year, aims to make it possible for African communicators to exchange ideas and practical suggestions on how to project a positive image and reputation of our continent to the world, using the opportunities presented by the FIFA Football World Cup in 2010, said Nkwenkwe Nkomo, Co-Chairperson of the National Communication Partnership. It is themed ‘Africa’s time has come, Mobilising for 2010 and beyond.’“We wanted to achieve a coherent and action-oriented plan. The conference was also a way to build African solidarity and to foster a climate that contributes to African growth and development,” explained Nkomo.The keynote address, delivered by South Africa’s Minister in The Presidency, Dr Essop Pahad re-iterated the significance of the much awaited event for the African Continent.“In our communication of the 2010 world cup, we need to give real meaning to what we said when we told the world that this is going to be an African World Cup.As the government of the Republic of South Africa, we feel very encouraged that our brothers and sisters from other parts of the African continent have heeded the call and made an effort to be with us over the next two days. This partnership means a lot to us as the host nation,” said Minister Pahad.Mr Moeketsi Mosola, the acting Chief Executive Officer of The International Marketing Council, custodian of Brand South Africa, noted the strong representation at this year’s conference from other countries. What will happen at Soccer City or the Moses Mabidha Stadium in Durban in June and July of 2010 will thus also influence global perceptions about Botswana, Uganda, Cameroon and about Tunisia.“These two days will provide us with opportunities to shape the positive messages, about our continent and its people that we would want to leave a lasting impressions for those who will attend the event,” said Mosola in his opening remarks.Other key speakers included Peter Mutie, Chairman of the Public Relations Society of Kenya, Dr Irvin Khoza, the Chairman for 2010 Local Organising Committee, Mr Trevor Ncube, CEO of Mail & Guardian, Mr Themba Maseko, CEO,Government Communications & Information System and many more who all touched on pertinent issues around communication in the context of 2010. Delegates represented were from Botswana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria,Sudan, Swaziland and Tanzania. For more Information.Keynote Address: Minister in the Presidency, Dr. Essop Pahad.Ends.Issued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of: The National Communication PartnershipFor more information contact:Lauretta Theys or Nthabiseng Moseki: 011 772 1000/ 083 444 email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.orgGosebo Mathope: 011 483 0122/078 784 email@example.com
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, many areas are experiencing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions — and the impact on crops is obvious.One farmer last week told me he had to drive around a lot in his fields to make round bales. All crops are showing signs of stress, including pasture grasses and forages, but the weeds seem to be growing well through these dry conditions.What can a manager do given the current situation?Basic pasture management principles are as important, if not more so, during periods of dry weather. Maintaining good fertility and soil pH can help grazing plants survive drought conditions. Soils that have adequate fertility and are at the ideal pH will go a long way in helping plants maintain a healthy root system, which is important for capturing nutrients, minimizing soil loss, and photosynthesis.If you decide to apply nitrogen fertilizer, use a form that will not volatilize if rainfall doesn’t occur shortly following application. Nitrogen fertilizer can benefit plants even if rainfall doesn’t occur for several weeks. But be cautious when using nitrogen fertilizer during drought conditions as this practice can potentially lead to nitrate poisoning.Also, don’t overgraze your pastures. It’s critical that plants be grazed to the proper stubble height and be allowed to rest until they reach the proper grazing height. Plants should be between six and eight inches tall when grazed. This is necessary to maintain plant health and diversity in a pasture. The “take half, leave half” rule applies at all times when grazing — especially during times of drought.One of the worst things to do during a drought is to open up the gates and let livestock graze wherever and whenever they choose. Doing so prevents photosynthesis to occur and may cause long-term damage to the plants.If you have large grazing paddocks, it may be helpful to subdivide them to improve forage utilization and increase the rest period. Look for other areas that are not normally grazed, such as hay that is short, but adequate for grazing, crop residue, or farm roads that are normally mowed.Reduce the number of cows grazing. By drying off cows, the forage demand is reduced. The grazing can also be reduced by limiting the time spent grazing by keeping them in an area when they are not grazing.Closely monitor body condition of cows during drought conditions. When finishing animals on pasture, give them first choice on the best pasture and after moving them to a new pasture, let the dry animals clean up after them.Feed hay or grain in an area that will benefit from the extra nutrients provided by these feeds. Another option is to cross fence the pastures and start feeding the hay or grain on pasture to extend the grazing and spread the nutrients over more acres.If you are experiencing drought like conditions and pasture growth is minimal, consider the options to help maintain the stand and have it in a more favorable condition when rainfall resumes.
Odisha farmers’ incomes grew more than seven times over a span of 13 years, the Naveen Patnaik government has claimed.The government, in its recently released draft Agriculture Policy 2019, says an average Odisha farmer earned around ₹7,731 per month, or around ₹92,772 per year.Draft policy“In 2002-03, his average monthly income was ₹1,062, which means that in the 13 years between 2002-03 and 2015-16, Odisha farmers’ incomes grew more than seven times or at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 16.5% in nominal terms and 8.4% in real terms,” it states.The draft policy states that comparing the CAGR with other Indian States, Odisha’s growth rate emerges as the highest in the country during that period.“During the same period, average Indian farmer’s income grew from ₹2,115 to ₹8,931 which is at a CAGR of 11.7% in nominal and 3.7% in real terms. Odisha is fast catching up with other Indian States. Odisha’s farmer incomes grew much faster than even the rate at which its own agricultural GDP grew,” it says.According to the draft policy, between 2002-03 and 2015-16, Odisha’s agricultural GDP grew at a CAGR of 3.7% and its farmer incomes grew at more than double that rate at 8.4%.Odisha is largely a rural-agrarian economy. Close to 83% of its people live in rural areas and about 61.8% of its 17.5 million work-force is employed in agriculture. In the 16 years since the beginning of this century (2000-01 to 2016-17), Odisha’s agricultural GDP nearly doubled in real terms, clocking an average annual growth rate of about 4.5%, higher than the India average of 3.1%. The State accounts for 3% of India’s agricultural GDP.
SRKThe badshah of Bollywood has always known how to make people dance to his tunes, but master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was surely a first for him too.Shah Rukh Khan had flown down from Berlin, where he was busy shooting for Don 2, to attend the second edition of the Sahara Sports Awards on October 30. At the event, he got the cricketer to match steps with him during a dance performance. When we contacted SRK to ask how he managed to make it to the show, he replied: “I made it because I really like sports. I wanted to see all the renowned sportspersons of our country under one roof.”
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