According to Susan Garrido,Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Officer (CARPO) – BeneficiariesDevelopment Division – DAR-Guimaras, the Agriculture department is mandated byRepublic Act 9729 (Climate Change Act) to “undertake climate resilient projectsin Agrarian Reform Communities that involve capacity building for adaptationand mitigation practices and provision of farm equipment and machineries toaddress climate change issues.” On the other hand, Getulio-SanMiguel-Navalas-Farmers’ Association received a mini hand tractor with completeaccessories, a thresher with accessories, and a mobile rice mill with completeaccessories. Tamborong Agrarian ReformBeneficiaries and Farmers’ Association received a rice mill with completeaccessories, a mini hand tractor with complete accessories, and a thresher alsowith accessories. “Farmers are among the first to sufferthe adverse effects of climate change that is why we are giving themattention,” said Garrido. Gaudencio Largado Jr., president ofGetulio-San Miguel-Navalas-Farmers Association, thanked DAR for the help. Hesaid the 66 members of their association would be greatly benefited./PN The ARBOs were Tamborong AgrarianReform Beneficiaries and Farmers’ Association based in Barangay Tamborong, SanLorenzo town and Getulio-San Miguel-Navalas-Farmers’ Association based inBarangay Navalas, Buenavista. The provision of the farm machines wasin line with DAR’s Climate Resilient Farm Productivity Support Project toaddress the adverse effects of climate change on rice production. ILOILO City – To improve riceproduction in Guimaras, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned overP1,758,000 worth of farming machines to two Agrarian Reform BeneficiariesOrganizations (ARBOs) in Guimaras yesterday. For her part, Mercy Lagaña,CARPO-Regional Support Services Division, DAR Region 6, urged the TamborongAgrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Farmers’ Association and Getulio-SanMiguel-Navalas-Farmers’ Association to take good care of their farm machines. The Guimaras Provincial AgrarianReform Office assisted DAR in the turnover held in Barangay Navalas, Buenavistaand Barangay Tamborong, San Lorenzo.
FORMER West Indies captain Clive Lloyd would love to have seen the regional team be the beneficiaries of a wildcard entry for the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.The West Indies, champions of the tournament in 2004, missed out on making the cut for the current edition after falling outside of the world’s top eight-ranked teams by the September 30, 2015 deadline.The team’s failure to do so marked the first time since the tournament’s inception year in 1998 that the maroon caps will not be part of the event.Questions have since been raised in several quarters regarding the West Indies’ absence, with several arguing that the regional team will be hugely missed.Among the suggestions proposed for the future is the implementation of a wildcard rule, which, similar to the sport of tennis, would allow organisers leeway in terms of the teams invited to the tournament.“It could have been an ideal situation. If you have won the competition, you should be automatically chosen,” Lloyd told Ahmedabad Mirror.“Yes, the wildcard rule would be great. This is because people like the brand of cricket the West Indies play. They won the T20 competition only last year,” he added.The West Indies are currently 9th in the One Day International rankings and also face the prospect of missing out on automatic qualification for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
UNDER the theme ‘Coaches pivotal to the development of athletes’, coaches from across Guyana gathered yesterday for the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) coaches seminar at the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) Conference Room at Liliendaal.Present for the afternoon session of the event was Minister of Social Cohesion Dr George Norton, who is also a former Vice President of the AAG.Minister Norton, under his new portfolio, is also responsible for sport and, in very brief but blunt remarks, he extended his office’s support to aid their development to see the continued success of athletics in Guyana.Norton, upon congratulating AAG President Aubrey Hudson for an exceptional year, stated that the athletes’ success would not have been possible without the hard work of the coaches, who often times work with little or no resources.“I want to work with your suggestions. We (Government) don’t know it all, and the best way for us to help is to reach out to you, seeking your guidance as well push to help to ensure a good life for all our athletes” Minister Norton noted.The Minister also stated that his position as being responsible for Social Cohesion in Guyana, will require him challenging the AAG and coaches to diversify the sport of track and field, pointing out that Guyana is multi-ethnic.Several areas were addressed and discussed following questions raised by the coaches to Minister Norton, with Government funding and support being the most important, as well as a Synthetic Track in the City.