Gbartala, Liberia soybean observation demonstration plot sponsored by The Apostolic Pentecostal Church and Church Aid, Inc. of Liberia in collaboration with EYN church in Nigeria and SIL.New journeys often begin with tentative “first steps” as evidenced by an on-going initiative of The Apostolic Pentecostal Church and Church Aid, Inc. Liberia to explore soybean as a new crop option for their smallholder farmer countrymen. The Liberian initiative is an outgrowth of a September 2016 study tour sponsored by the Elgin, Illinois, USA based Church of the Brethren for small delegations from Nigeria and Liberia to visit SIL’s SMART FARM in Ghana. Dr. Dennis Thompson, PI of SIL’s MRA-10 “Seed Systems,” was the project leader.The delegation members from the two West African nations bonded while in Ghana and a unique collaboration was born. The EYN church colleagues from Nigeria, having certain soybean experience and agronomic knowledge, offered to assist their Liberian counterparts. The immediate challenge was to determine how best to move forward in Liberia in view of the challenge of doing so with limited technical and financial resources.SIL’s recommendation to the collaborators was to initially establish a few soybean observation plots. Persons to be engaged with soybean introduction in Liberia as well as smallholder farmers simply needed to see growing soybean plants and have ongoing opportunities to observe how the plants grow and develop – from planting throughout harvest. A demonstration of this type was intended to be only a “conversation starter” with common Liberians and various organizations seeking to improve the livelihoods of Liberian farmers.To that end, Nigerian and Liberian collaborations began and a demonstration plot was planted in the central city region of Gbatala. In addition to the central demonstration site, “small, small experiments, just a handful of seeds in a couple of areas” were also planted according to the Bishop, Dr. Rev. Kortu K. Brown, who participated in the 2016 study tour to SIL’s SMART Farm and has collaborated with Dr. Thompson on agricultural development initiatives since 2014.The Rev. Dr. Brown welcomes additional collaboration discussions that might allow this initial effort to be further developed with respect to exploring how soybean might become a potential cash crop for limited resource Liberian smallholder farmers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– charges stemmed from blocking entrance to aerodromeAn Essequibo rice miller was on Tuesday slapped with at least ten charges when he appeared at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.Wazeer Hussein was reportedly charged with resisting arrest, threatening behaviour and obstructing officials of the Guyana Lands and Survey Commission from carrying out their duties.The baby being taken on board the aircraft after a long delayHe reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him and was granted bail in the sum of $5000 on each charge.The charges stemmed after he reportedly blocked the entrance to the Hampton Court Aerodrome, Essequibo Coast on several occasions.Hussein is claiming ownership of the plot of land that is used to gain access to the aerodrome, but according to a document seen by Guyana Times, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) had informed the businessman that the plot of land was owned by the State and as such, ordered that he give up possession of the reserve immediately.The notice also stated that failure to comply will result in legal action being brought against him by the Commission. This publication was told that Hussein has claimed ownership of the land for quite some time now, but only recently, he started to block the main access route to the facility which is supposed to be accessible on a 24-hour basis in case of emergencies.On Friday, this newspaper understands, Hussein placed pieces of lumber, old iron and other items at the main entrance to prevent persons from using the access road in and out of the aerodrome.On the same day, Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott was visiting the region, along with a team from the Ministry of the Presidency, and they too were blocked from using the access road. After an intervention by the Police and the relevant authorities, the entrance was cleared.It was a similar situation on Saturday, when an ambulance carrying a sickly baby was blocked from entering the aerodrome. The baby was transferred from the Suddie Hospital to the Georgetown Public Hospital owing to his medical condition.Based on reports received, the ambulance had to use another route to get the baby to the waiting aircraft. This matter was reportedly brought to the attention of the GL&SC prompting a visit by its officers.According to reports, after the officers spoke with Hussein, he refused to allow the entrance to the aerodrome to become accessible and as such, the Police were summoned to the area.Although the Police instructed him to remove the materials, he again bluntly refused and threatened the officers and workers of the aerodrome. Sergeant Parris, who was on the scene, had refused to arrest the man on the fact he made use of threatening language to several persons.However, the situation got out of control thus causing G Division Commander, Superintendent K Pareshram to visit the site.After assessing the situation, Pareshram had Hussein arrested and charged.