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first_img18 April 2011South Africa’s success as the new member of BRICS will be determined by how Pretoria relates to the rest of Africa and how it uses its membership of the group to address critical issues facing the continent, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.“I think that will be our major area that we will be judged on,” Davies said on Sunday on his return from third meeting of the leaders of the grouping of influential developing countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held in Sanya, China.“The issues are vast, and we need to ensure that we take the rest of Africa with us, because the way we relate to the rest of the continent will be very important to make our participation in BRICS a success,” Davies said.As the only African country in BRICS, South Africa was expected to push for Africa’s integration in trade and policies with the other BRICS members, Davies said.Building a domestic market that cut across Africa would be crucial, he said, if South Africa was to hold its own among four powerful emerging economies with a combined population of more than three billion.South Africa should also use its BRICS membership to craft a more vigorous trade and investment programme to ensure that its voice and that of the continent was heard in broader international platforms such as the G20 and the UN Security Council.The three-day BRICS meeting, which ended on Friday, called on the speedy achievement of the targets for the reform of the International Monetary Fund agreed to at the recent G20 summit, and reiterated that the governing structure of the international financing institution should reflect the changes in the world economy.In what could lead to a drastic shift in trade cooperation between the BRICS group, Davies said the five countries also discussed the possibility of using their own currencies to trade with each other.This formed part of a wide consultation meeting attended by the BRICS trade ministers that called for strong, open and rule-based multilateral trading systems among their countries.The meeting also denounced the “excessive” volatility in commodity prices, particularly those for food and energy, as posing a new risk for the ongoing recovery of the world market.“We support the international community in strengthening cooperation to ensure stability and strong development of physical markets,” Davies said. “The international community should work together to increase production capacity and strengthen producer-consumer dialogue to balance supply and demand.”The BRICS countries, which together account for about 20 percent of global GDP, are all part of the G20 grouping of the 20 major economies in the world, and are all currently members of the UN Security Council.The five countries see this as an opportunity to work closely together on issues relating to global peace and security.“We are deeply concerned with turbulence in the Middle East, the North African and West African regions, and sincerely wish that the countries affected achieve peace, stability and progress,” the group said in a declaration at the end of the meeting. We share the principle that any use of force should be avoided.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistCover crop dos and don’tsAs I sit here writing it is cold and wet. I have seen several planters out in the barn lot for a check-up but no one is seriously talking about planting yet. I do know that many are wondering when to terminate their cover crop, even though we haven’t had much growth yet. I like Austrian pea, it is easy — just apply your normal burndown of glyphosate, atrazine and favorite pre-emergent grass product for corn. I also like oats and will often use them in the fall to give me some cover after soybeans — they die on their own, but some folks will pasture them into December. I just started a multi-year cover crop research trial that includes crimson clover after wheat harvest. We will go to corn this year with cereal rye following, then to soybeans and after that back to wheat. We should be able to keep the ground covered most of the time.An info graphic (i.e. comic book) on Cover Crop Dos and Don’ts (CPN-4002 at https://cropprotectionnetwork.org/library/) comes from a new website of the Crop Protection Network. Their suggestions fit with my concerns too. So what are some of their dos and don’ts?Weed managementDo terminate cover crops before plantingDon’t use annual ryegrassDon’t reduce herbicide useDon’t rely on cover crops for universal weed suppressionInsect managementDo be committed to scoutingDon’t treat unnecessarilyDon’t plant immediately after killing a cover cropDo wait 10-14 days after a cover crop has diedDisease managementDon’t rely on cover crops solely to reduce diseasesDo use multiple management practicesFor a more complete look at cover crop termination choices see the Purdue Publication on Successful Cover Crop Termination with Herbicides bulletin, WS-50-W: www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ws/ws-50-w.pdf. Fertilizer applicator certification – dos and don’tsDon’t neglect to record applications. As we head to the field, we are doing some catching up. Last fall made it a bit rough on applying fertilizer. Even though we may be rushed we need to remember the requirement to keep fertilizer application records. If you are a farmer, you will maintain the records for three years. If you are a dealer and apply the fertilizer, you maintain the records for three years and supply a copy of the record to the grower who purchased the nutrients.Do find a good place to get that needed weather record. I have been sharing this winter good places to go to get weather forecasts for files you need to add to your fertilizer application record. These work out great for planning timing of the application too.Ohio Applicator Forecast (ODA)https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/resources/ohio-applicator-forecastField Application Resource Monitor (F.A.R.M.) can give past (and present) forecastshttps://farm.bpcrc.osu.eduAlso this winter, I have been asked by several people if they need to record planter applied fertilizer. The law says that if you only apply planter fertilizer you do not need to be certified to apply fertilizer. But my feeling is that you should record all fertilizer applications you make, and that application should be in agreement with your nutrient management plan.last_img read more

first_imgIqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has clarified that India’s posture on the Rohingya refugees would not impact the friendly relations between the two neighbouring countries.“Our relations are based on mutual trust and cooperation at all levels, and so an external problem cannot disturb it,” Mr. Chowdhury said during an interaction with journalists here on Saturday. He conceded that there was an initial confusion about India’s position on issues of ‘persecution of Rohingyas’ in Myanmar and massive influx of refugees in Bangladesh. “Now we see India is calling for permanent resolution to conflicts in Myanmar and adopting a humanitarian approach by sending relief to refugees stranded in Bangladesh,” he said.Mr. Chowdhury said that 5.5 lakh Rohingyas had so far entered southeastern districts of Bangladesh since the latest cycle of violence erupted in Rakhine province of Myanmar. Over six lakh Rohingya refugees were already stranded in Bangladesh and that took the total number to 12 lakh, he said.The veteran journalist stated that the present crisis was different from what had happened in the past. “Earlier there was turmoil and tension, resulting in Rohingya exodus, but now they are being driven out in a planned manner – killing, burning villages and crops, terrorising people with rapes and torture,” he said.During interaction with newsmen he supported apprehension that external forces and terrorist cells could try to exploit sentiment of ‘stateless Rohingya’ to engage them in subversive activities.“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has time and again made it clear that Bangladesh was providing relief and shelter to the evacuees on humanitarian ground and any rebellious activities in the relief camps would be tolerated”, Mr. Chowdhury stated.last_img read more

first_img.Forty villages in Balaganj upazila of Sylhet were inundated due to heavy rains and rise of water level in the Kushiara river, rendering over 1500 families marooned, reports UNB.Balaganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Pradip Sinha said a meeting of upazila relief and disaster management committee was held on Monday and 5 tonnes of rice have been allocated for the flood victims of the upazila.Balaganj sadar union chairman Abdul Munim said, about 700 families of the union have been marooned.Makrashi, Singrakona, Monohorpur, Sarmanandapur and Sonapur villages of Boaljur union are the worst affected areas, said Boaljur UP chairman Md Anhar Miah.UNB Habiganj correspondent reports: Several thousand people of Chunarughat upazila of the have been marooned due to flood caused by heavy rain and onrush of hilly water.Some dwelling houses near Balla border area were damaged due to incessant rain.Vesicular movement on Shayestaganj, Chunarghat-Madhobpur road came to a halt as the road in Chandichora area on Old Dhaka-Sylhet highway was damaged due to flood, said Chunarghat Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sirajum Munira.Meanwhile, Khwai river was flowing 280 centimetres above the danger level on Tuesday morning threatening the town protection embankment at Tetuiwa, Kamrapur, Mashulia points.According to sources at the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), the Kawai river was flowing above the danger level due to fresh spell of rainfall over the last few days and onrush of water from upstream hilly areas of Tripura.last_img read more

first_imgRohingya refugee camp. File PhotoA Rohingya man was shot dead Thursday as local gangs fired at each other in a crowded refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, police said.Police said 32-year-old Hossain Ali was killed as he took part in a suspected turf war over drugs at Nayapara camp near Teknaf, an enormous settlement that is home to thousands of displaced Muslims from the persecuted minority.Bangladesh says more than one million Rohingya refugees live in squalid camps in the region, having fled successive waves of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine district.Another man, wanted by police since being released from prison last year, was also shot but managed to escape, officials said.Refugees at the camp told AFP at least 10 gunshots were heard in the early morning.Local police did not recover any weapons but Teknaf police chief Ranjit Kumar Barua confirmed Ali was “struck in the gun battle and died”.A Rohingya community leader, Mirza Ghalib, said it was believed the skirmish was over “yaba”, the local name for the methamphetamine pills popular in Bangladesh.Police say most of the drugs enter Bangladesh from Myanmar via Rohingya traffickers, sometimes hidden in false bottoms on fishing boats.In recent weeks, police have arrested half a dozen Rohingya in possession of large quantities of the addictive stimulant.Nurul Alam, a known criminal with alleged ties to Rohingya militants, was also shot “but fled after being struck by bullets”, Barua said.Myanmar blames Rohingya militants for a 25 August strike on security posts in Rakhine state that triggered a fierce army crackdown.The UN and the US have said the retaliatory response by Myanmar security forces amounted to “ethnic cleansing”. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine since August.Police allege Alam organised a raid on a Bangladeshi security post near Nayapara in 2016, in which a commander was killed and 11 guns stolen. He was arrested and later released on bail in December pending a trial but quickly returned to crime, police said.Local community leaders believe Alam has ties to Rohingya militants but Ruhul Amin, local commander of the elite Rapid Action Battalion police unit, told AFP it was not clear if this was the case.Alam allegedly appeared in a video holding assault rifles that was distributed by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.Myanmar last week bolstered security and artillery installations near along its border, saying it believed Rohingya militants were hiding in nearby camps.last_img read more