Female and rural farmers focus of agro-processing conference

first_imgInsight into the training offered to emerging farmers at Buhle Farmers’ Academy, as well as the potential of indigenous crops to bring food security to African farmers were hot topics at the Agro-Processing Africa Conference.Zamo Shongwe of the non-governmental organisation Buhle Farmers’ Academy is a speaker at the Agro-Processing Africa Conference on 29 and 30 November 2016 in Centurion. (Image: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThe story of the success of the Buhle Farmers’ Academy was told on the first day of the Agro-Processing Africa Conference held at Irene Farm in Centurion, Gauteng.Delegates heard how the academy grew from training 50 students in 2000 to 500 a year by 2016. These students were trained to manage their own farming businesses.Discussions at the conference, which took place on 29 and 30 November, explored various initiatives relating to agro-processing on the continent. It also examined the challenges in the sector. One of the topics was “The benefits of capacity building in African agriculture”. It was said that more women should be business owners or in managerial positions, because women paid great attention to detail.Business strategist Maureen Bandama says women should not only be labourers in the agro-processing sector, but business owners and in managerial positions. (Image: Melissa Javan)Maureen Bandama, a business strategist, was the first speaker. She spoke about agro-processing, saying it was not only about processed foods, but about everything you saw around you.For example, a shop owner decides on the number of T-shirts he wants to order for the year. He then has to talk to the seamstress and clothing designer about his T-shirts. The person who creates the materials for the seamstress to use is also involved in this process.In addition, Bandama spoke about the importance of empowering women in farming.Maureen Bandama says 60-80% women globally are landholders, only 15% women in Sub-Saharan Africa #APAC16 @Brand_SA— Melissa Javan (@melissa_nel) November 29, 2016Agricultural Project Consultant, @MaureenBandama: It’s an injustice that women are unable to participate in agro-processing #womeninag— Farmer’s Weekly SA (@FarmersWeeklySA) November 29, [email protected]: women should work towards management & entrepreneurial positions in agro-processing instead of general labour.— Farmer’s Weekly SA (@FarmersWeeklySA) November 29, 2016Buhle Farmers’ AcademySince 2000, the Buhle Farmers’ Academy has trained more than 4 000 emerging farmers. The academy’s Zamo Shongwe said that the board agreed to take in 50 people in 2000. “We didn’t have a Farmers’ Support Office then. This meant that after the courses were done, the graduates could not have the support of farmers in the field nor adjust their business plans.“A lot of them also didn’t understand why certain things were done,” she explained.“Nine years ago we implemented the Farmers’ Support Office. Now if the graduates go home and their community gives reasons to change things, they come back to us to talk about that and there is provision for them to adjust their business plan.”The office lends support to graduates following their courses, and they can return there to ask for help.The Buhle Farmers’ Academy takes in 500 emerging farmers a year to learn about farming of crops and livestock such as vegetables, maize and poultry. (Image to illustrate: Brand South Africa)Buhle had built partnerships with a number of farmers in the vicinity of its campuses, said Shongwe. Through these, students were able to practise their theory by training on these farms.Those who planned to go into poultry farming, for example, had to check up on baby chickens. “You have to check up on baby chickens every two hours, because they are very fragile. They can die of things like suffocation if some of them get on top of each other. There must always be light where they are, so the student learns about making use of solar energy.”Only 500 students are selected for the academy each year. Each student must at least have a Grade 9 school qualification. Each student must also have access to land, even if they don’t own the land.Studies are done on scholarship. Many corporates and individuals pay for a student to take up a course at Buhle. “We then ask the donor if they can sponsor more than one student,” said Shongwe. Buhle also gets funding.Of the academy’s female graduates she said: “Women go back to their communities and share the information they have learned. Many of the men tend to keep the information for themselves.”Using indigenous crops for food securityAdeoluwa Adetunjo, of the agricultural services and food processing company AFGRI, spoke about indigenous crops used by Africans. Food insecurity could be solved if we made use of this produce, he said.Adetunji: Crops that are an answer to food security issues in Africa include Marula, Teff etc @FarmersWeeklySA @AFGRI1 pic.twitter.com/2gOgHvOwzm— Siyanda Sishuba (@ZaSiyanda) November 29, 2016The topic of Adetunjo’s talk was “Unlocking potentials of Africa’s indigenous food crops”. He focused on cassava, a crop grown in his home country of Nigeria. It is produced in 24 of the country’s 36 states.Besides processing cassava to create food products, the crop’s peel could be used for feeding animals.Adetunjo explained that the peels were grated three times before being processed. They were turned into a flour-like mixture for certain farm animals.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Founders of South African online television station share insights

first_imgThe founders of the online television station, Aza TV Africa, say they learned it is best to stay true to their vision of business.Stephina Zwane and Salamina Mosese are the co-founders of the online television station, Aza TV Africa. To watch original content for Africans about Africans, viewers can download the app on their mobile devices or watch via the website. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanThe South African online television station, Aza TV Africa, turns two in May 2017. Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane, co-founders of Aza TV Africa said their motivation to keep going is to stay true to their vision.Zwane, the company director, writer and filmmaker, has been in the television industry for 17 years. Mosese, who has 18 years of experience in the television industry, is the company director and film producer. They left their jobs in 2015 to launch Aza TV Africa on 20 May, reported the website for entrepreneurs, SME South Africa.Mosese told SME South Africa that Aza TV Africa “aims to answer the world’s best questions about Africa”.Aza is short for Azania which means “powerful” in Swahili. Mosese explained they want to engage and encourage Africans to view themselves from a position of power.Mosese and Zwane are Play Your Part ambassadors of Brand South Africa.The co-founders of Aza TV Africa were speakers at the Digitize Africa Conference held in Durban in April 2017:Brand SA Digital manager @matalane with directors of Sorele Media @StephinaZwane & @salaminaM at #DigitizeAfrica conference pic.twitter.com/Q4wHqVNTcd— Play Your Part (@PlayYourPartSA) April 20, 2017#digitizeafrica Meet the panel discussing Africa’s Digital Media & Entertainent – TV & Film Director/Producer/Writer @StephinaZwane pic.twitter.com/on9SA4mJep— Digitize Africa (@DigitizeAfrica) April 20, 2017Their business relationshipMosese and Zwane, who have been friends since their teens, said going into business together was not a difficult decision to make because of their shared love and passion for the media. They enjoy working together.“We want to be a network that celebrates us as a people, with interesting and diverse stories to tell,” Mosese said.The work on Aza TV Africa started four years prior to the launch. The two co-founders said they finally found a private investor but also had to contribute money from their own pockets.More about Aza TV AfricaAza TV Africa has four channels – Talk, Entertainment, Inspirational and Lifestyle. Each of these channels has different shows under each of these categories, all of which are accessible through www.azatv.co.za or the free downloadable Aza TV App (for Android and IOS users).On some programmes, like the parenting show Yummy Mammi, African celebrities are invited as guests.Currently, viewership is 46% women and 54% men between the ages of 18 and 40 years. People from Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, the US, and India watch Aza TV Africa.Brand South Africa’s journalist had a short Q&A with Mosese.Melissa Javan: When you started, there were seven people working for Aza TV Africa. How many people do you have now?Salamina Mosese: We work with a team of both permanent and freelance staff of between five and 10 depending on what shows we are shooting at the time.MJ: What are your most popular shows on Aza TV Africa?SM: Yummy Mammi, The Sit Down, and Aza Muzika.Watch an interview with actor Florence Masebe of The Sit Down:MJ: How many visits, views and impressions do you get per month (on average) for Aza TV Africa?SM: Our highest number of impressions, which we garnered last year, were just over 100 000. Monthly we average about 40 000 impressions.MJ: What lessons have you learnt being in business?SM: Business is tough; every day is an adventure, good and bad.We have learnt to grow thicker skins, to ask for help if we need it, to have faith in better days, and to stay true to the vision that we had going into the business.We both understand that quitting is not an option, so we find ourselves regularly encouraging each other.MJ: Having a digital channel – how have you grown, especially in terms of learning and teaching yourselves the technical side of things?SM: We will never claim to be digital experts; we are creative who create content for a digital medium.Every month we are a little more knowledgeable about the space we are playing in, but it does require that we have to constantly be doing research, asking questions and remaining open to new thinking and new ideas of doing things.Watch an episode of Diary of a Street Corner here:MJ: How important is social media for you as entrepreneurs and what role did it play?SM: For us, social media is merely a medium to be used, but not the main aspect of our business.We use it in business to activate for certain things that we are doing. For our film projects or to run our promos and it is a worthwhile tool in that sense.It is also a great way to connect with other liked-minded individuals in other countries and other sectors that could potentially be future clients or potential partners in business.MJ: What opportunities have you created as entrepreneurs?SM: We like to work with young people, not only because we are young people ourselves, but we understand the importance of letting in new voices so that we can change the face of the media and entertainment industry.By bringing in more skilled, young, black creatives who will one day have [their] own companies to run, change is bound to come.We are of the opinion that there is not sufficient transformation in our sector, and we want to be part of changing this, however long it takes.MJ: Any advice for people who want to break into the entertainment industry as a writer or producer?SM: Just start. Sometimes we want to wait for the big break, but while we are waiting we need to be honing the skill and the talent, so that when the big break comes you are ready for it. The entertainment industry is tough, you need to be tougher in order to survive.Other projectsMosese and Zwane also create and produce local films through their company, Sorele Media. Their recent film Love & Kwaito was selected for screening at the Johannesburg Film Festival last year. The film is about a child-headed family in Kliptown.Mosese says the television channel Mzansi Magic has licensed it. She adds: “We are working on our next film for release next year.”Watch the trailer of Love & Kwaito:Sources: SME South Africa, Aza TV YouTube, Digitize Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

SAOMAI® Peruvian Virgin Hair 4 Bundles : Five Stars

first_imgSAOMAI® Peruvian Virgin Hair 4 Bundles with Closure Peruvian Deep Wave Virgin Hair Bundles with Lace Closure 5PCS LOT Human Hair Weave (12″12″12″12″+10″)100% human virgin hair, double weft, soft, healthy, no smell, tangle-free, no sheddingNatural color, Can be straightened, curled, bleached, dyed and styled as your own hairDeep Wave, hair extension about 100g/pc; Lace Closure: 4*4, free part,middle part, 3 part (free part is default,if you want middle part, three part,pls let us know). For the length: Stretching the hair to be STRAIGHT and then measure.4pcs hair bundles+1 human hair lace closureYour order will be shipped out within 3 days. Our delivery time is 7-12 working days, pls ignore the amazon Estimated delivery Time. Posted on March 15, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags SAOMAI® Really lovely and got it way before they said will buy again. Beautiful really nice quality. Quality of the closure is so horrible and doesn’t match the rest of the hair. I’m so upset i put it on for less than a week and took it off. I’m not one to complain but for over £70 i would expect good quality hair. Within a few days the closure looked over a year old.The rest of the hair is not bad but shades off a lot,fair enough all human hair does but please please get better quality closures because you will lose customers. SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-03-15 11:22:34Reviewed Item SAOMAI® Peruvian Virgin Hair 4 Bundles with Closure Peruvian Deep Wave Virgin Hair Bundles with Lace Closure 5PCS LOT Human Hair Weave (12″12″12″12″+10″)Rating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  9  reviewscenter_img Five Stars Nice hair does not tangle like others i have purchased if look after correctly. Once again was very happy with this beautifully curly hair however the closer was a bit straight not liking it. Great communication from seller. I haven’t made a wig yet but i love everything about the hair including the closure. I sure will buy from them again and hopefully they’ll give me quality hair again. Closure not the best!last_img read more

JP Erram vows to work harder as NLEX remains winless so far

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Sean Anthony deflects credit for tremendous night for NorthPort Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town NLEX then had another opportunity on offense, this time in transition, but Philip Paniamogan also turned it over with 42 seconds to play.Erram, who had 19 points, seven rebounds, and six turnovers, said their head coach Yeng Guiao told them that they failed to make the crucial stops in the payoff period that led to their second straight loss.“We committed too many turnovers and coach told us that down the stretch we couldn’t make any stops,” said Erram. “That was went missing from us, we have to work harder. We have to put in more effort.”ADVERTISEMENT Erram, who was dealt from Blackwater, said the team has to have a stronger heart down the stretch and be more methodical in the clutch situations.“We’re too tentative,” said Erram in Filipino after the Road Warriors’ 95-90 loss to NorthPort Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “When we’re passing in the crucial moments we turn the ball over.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MANILA, Philippines—Things are yet to turnaround for Poy Erram in his stay with new club NLEX with the team losing its first two games of the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We need to make quick, smart decisions especially now that we’re 0-2 in the standings. We have to commit fewer mistakes. It’d be harder for us to bounce back from a 0-3 hole.”The Road Warriors were down five, 94-89, with 1:32 left in the game but instead of getting a shot opportunity at the post, Erram turned the ball over to Sean Anthony who came up with a steal. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more