2013 Next Generation Manufacturing Study Reveals Opportunities for Manufacturers to ExcelRandolph Center, VT – In conjunction with National Manufacturing Day activities being held during the month of October across Vermont, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) is pleased to announce the release today of the “2013 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study.” The NGM Study measures manufacturers’ readiness, support systems, resources, and performances in six key strategic areas necessary for world-class manufacturing and future success. Those key areas include: 1) Customer-focused Innovation; 2) Engaged people / human capital acquisition, development and retention; 3) Superior processes / improvement focus; 4) Supply chain management and collaboration; 5) Sustainability; and 6) Global engagement. The American Small Manufacturers Coalition (ASMC), in partnership with The Manufacturing Performance Institute (MPI), part of The MPI Group, chose National Manufacturing Day to release a summary of its results from the 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study based on recent survey responses by manufacturing executives from Vermont and across the United States. Current data shows that manufacturing organizations that achieve world-class status in at least two of the six NGM strategies, and maintain industry-average levels in the other four areas, are in the best position for long-term survival and success. However, the 2013 data finds that most of these manufacturers ‘ successful as they are today ‘ are not sufficiently investing in the strategies that will carry their firms into tomorrow. ‘The study data identifies an enormous execution gap ‘ the difference between the numbers of firms that recognize the importance of a particular NGM strategy, and the number that comes close to or that achieved world-class status in that strategy,’ said John Brandt, Founder & CEO of MPI. For example, the study found: 90% of manufacturers believe superior process improvement is important, whereas only 44% of those manufacturers are near or currently at world-class status in process improvements.While human capital management is an issue, NGM data suggests few manufacturers are taking initiative to address talent shortages: 69% of manufacturing executives have the leadership and talent to drive world-class customer-focused innovation, but only 37% have talent development programs to support world-class customer-focused innovation.Most manufacturers have the tools, technologies and business equipment they need today, but those tools won’t meet the needs of the future. Only 11% of manufacturers describe their tools and business equipment as ‘state-of-the-art’ and capable of providing long-term support for world-class supply-chain management.33% of manufacturing executives anticipate a planned leadership succession in the next five years, and another 28% of executives indicate a succession may occur.Similar to 2011, manufacturers continue to seek external support from outside organizations in dealing with a range of activities from compliance issues, to strategic planning, to supply-chain development. Of those manufacturers that have used outside resources, they report a positive impact.According to Bob Zider, VMEC Director / CEO, “Clearly, small and medium-sized Vermont manufacturers must continue to transform and stay focused wherever possible on closing the execution gaps across all six NGM strategies in order to remain competitive long term, and that unfortunately isn’t happening rapidly enough when you compare the 2013 NGM survey results against results from the 2009 and 2011 NGM Surveys.’ About VMEC – Since 1995, VMEC has operated as a not-for-profit with a primary mission “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation assistance and training to help Vermont manufacturers achieve profitable growth through innovation, increase their productivity, improve their manufacturing and business processes, reduce costs, improve competitiveness, and create and retain good paying jobs. Through the VMEC PSG business unit established in 2006, VMEC also brings its deep process and strategy expertise to selected non-manufacturing sectors in Vermont, including but not limited to healthcare, higher education, government, and financial services. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information. Randolph Center, VT – 10.4.2013
PNG open campaign with 4-0 win over Tonga SOCCER Papua New Guinea has opened its campaign at the OFC U-19 Championships on a high note. PNG defeated a determined Tongan side 4-0 in the opening game of the competition at the Stade Pater in Papeete, Tahiti yesterday. However Papua New Guinea, although dominant in possession, struggled to adjust to the Tongan’s solid approach to defending their goal mouth and it seemed like they may not be able to break them down. The frustration crept in as Papua New Guinea picked up two cautions in the opening 20 minutes before they started to settle and create chances for themselves. The best opportunities were created by Barthy Kerobin who really put Semisi Otukolo to the test with some quick-fire shots. However the honour of the opening goal of the tournament fell to Jonathan Allen who latched onto the ball and fired it under Otukolo in the 46th minute. Kerobin finally got on the score sheet himself in the 66th minute when he broke the line to latch onto a through-ball before calmly slotting past Otukolo. Substitute Abraham Allen then took Papua New Guinea’s lead to three in the 72nd minute before getting his second in added time to complete the 4-0 victory for his side. PNG coach Harrison Kamake said although they never underestimated their opponents, they hadn’t expected the high pressing approach the first half of the match delivered. “I would say we were a bit nervous during the first-half,” he said. “The instruction was just to stick to the plan, carry out what we were supposed to do and we started to pick up in the second half. “They were nervous and we had to fix that up in the second half.” Tonga coach Soane Mailangi was happy with the overall performance from his side as they made the first step up to this level. “Before we came up to this tournament we knew every game was going to be really tough because most of the teams in the top are hard for us to play,” Mailangi said. “Today (Monday) we compacted our defence, worked hard at the back and when we got the ball counter-attacked and tried to send long balls. We knew Papua New Guinea would be physical, quick but short and we tried to use that. “The second half we still knocked at the door but they were maybe too fast in their combinations for us.” In the other match, hosts Tahiti were unable to contain the might of defending champions New Zealand despite a strong showing, going down 2-1 in front of a vocal home crowd. As expected it was a hotly contested encounter with Tahiti determined to redeem themselves after a forgettable U-17 campaign at home last year. The home side started strong pressing their opponents, putting them under pressure and flustering them somewhat with the hard and fast manner with which they took to the game. However New Zealand’s experience soon shone as they settled into the match and started passing the ball around the park and had a couple of decent runs at goal through Max Mata and Charles Spragg but they couldn’t quite get the final touch they were after. Tahiti meanwhile opted for a more direct approach when in possession, long balls searching out Eddy Kaspard and advances up the flank by Yann Vivi looking for a finish in the middle which wasn’t forthcoming – at least in the first half. New Zealand coach Des Buckingham was pleased to get an opening win under his belt especially given Tahiti took his side to task throughout the 90 minutes. “As I said in the press conference, all the teams are well prepared and you can see the work that Tahiti has been doing over the past nine to 12 months. “They’re very organised and were very unfortunate not to get something out of the game. But very prepared by us also, and I think we deserved to win,” Buckingham said. “I think a lot of people look past the first game and look further forward but the first game is important for us. We knew we were taking on the host, we knew the prep that had gone in for those guys and we hadn’t looked past that.” While a loss wasn’t exactly the result Bruno Tehaamoana had hoped for this evening a strong, confident performance from his side meant he won’t be going home disappointed. “Congratulations to New Zealand first of all. But we aren’t disappointed. We showed that we are here,” he said. “There were two small errors, the penalty and corner, where we conceded the two goals but we responded pretty quickly and kept pushing and pushing, but New Zealand were stronger than us today. “They’re the defending champions and I think we played our game against them today and showed what we are here to do and we caused them some trouble.”
The Latvian Olympic Committee (LOC) and the Latvian Paralympic Committee (LPK) have for the first time announced a joint tender for the purchase of costumes and equipment for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the LOK reports on Tuesday. In order to ensure a unified visual image of the Latvian Olympic and Paralympic teams at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games next summer, LOK and LPK have announced a joint international procurement tender for manufacturers of sportswear and equipment. For the first time in the history of Latvia, the Olympic and Paralympic teams will have a unified visual identity.“The procurement is international, so we expect offers from several leading sporting goods brands,” says LOK President George Tikmer. “The most important circumstance is that this is the first part of the costume procurement procedure. In the autumn, we will announce the second procurement, where we will look for suppliers and manufacturers of Olympic and Paralympic teams for parade costumes.” “We will also actively address local fashion designers, as it will be a unique opportunity to create parade costumes that will be seen around the world at the opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.”“It is very positive that the co-operation between the Latvian Olympic and Paralympic Committees has become closer, and for the first time in Latvia’s history the Olympians and Paralympians will have a common visual identity, bearing Latvia’s name in the world. This is also good international practice. in a world where Olympic and Paralympic athletes tend to wear different costumes, “says LLPK President Daiga Dadzite.She also emphasizes that the paralympians will use the clothes purchased as a result of the competition not only in the Paralympic Games, but will also be able to use them in European and world championships for several years, as it is not possible to buy new sportswear for every competition.“We invite entrepreneurs to actively participate in the competition so that the range of offers is as wide as possible and we get the best possible offer for Latvian athletes,” added Dadzīte.In order to ensure transparency and fair competition in the procurement, as well as to prevent conflicts of interest, an independent audit company has been involved – PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal (PwC Legal), which has undertaken to provide legal assistance to LOK and LPK in planning, coordinating and executing the procurement procedure. transparency and fair competition. The task of PwC Legal is to compile procurement documentation projects, agreements, as well as to provide legal support as an involved expert, advising LOK and LPK throughout the procurement process.“Organizing the procurement procedure and concluding the contract is a very responsible and thorough work. It is very important to ensure openness and fair competition during the procurement procedure so that the customer gets the best result,” said PwC Legal lawyer Sanda Niedrīte.The announced costume procurement envisages the purchase of 230 sets of sportswear for the needs of the Olympic and Paralympic teams, and each of them will consist of 32 items of clothing and accessories. The previously planned donation agreement for the supply of costumes to the Latvian Olympic and Paralympic team could not be implemented because the donor broke the agreement due to the crisis caused by Covid-19 in the world.As a result of the competition, the selected supplier will provide sportswear for the delegations of athletes and staff of the Latvian Olympic and Paralympic teams for the XXXII Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, which will take place in Tokyo next summer.The biggest challenge of such a procurement is to combine the requirements of athletes with the promotion of the Latvian state, at the same time observing the requirements of the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the visual form developed by the Latvian Olympic delegation.
A goal by Zack Smith at 7:35 of the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and powered the Binghamton Senators to a 3-2 road victory over the Pirates in game one of the AHL Calder Cup Atlantic Division Finals Wednesday in Portland, M.E. The win was Binghamton’s first of the postseason to come in regulation. All four victories over the Manchester Monarchs in the division semifinals came in overtime.Former KIJHL defenceman for the Nelson Leafs Geoff Kinrade, 25, plays for Binghamton.The 6-foot, 207-pound Kinrade finished the game logging tons of minutes and a minus-1 on the stats sheet.Captain Ryan Keller and rookie Bobby Butler also scored for the Baby Sens, the farm team of NHL’s Ottawa franchise.The Baby Sens and Pirates return to the ice in Portland Thursday for Game 2 of the best-of-seven Atlantic Division Finals.
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Aquaculture, Environment, Environmental Policy, Fish, Fish Farming, Fisheries, Fishing, Freshwater Ecosystems, Freshwater Fish, Governance, Lakes, Pollution, Water, Water Pollution In the wake of the latest mass fish death in Indonesia’s Lake Toba, in northern Sumatra, the government has published a predictive calendar that gives fish farmers early warning of dire water conditions.The tool, available online and in printed form, ranks conditions on a progressive scale running from “safe” to “alert” to “dangerous.”In addition to the calendar, the government has also recommended other solutions, including the growing of water hyacinths to absorb pollutants in the lake, and reforestation efforts in the area. JAKARTA — Officials in Indonesia have released a predictive calendar they hope will give fish farmers in the country’s largest lake a heads-up on water conditions that have previously killed off fish by the millions.The issuance of the calendar on Sept. 13, online and in print, comes in the wake of the death of millions of fish last month in Toba, a lake inside a volcanic crater in northern Sumatra. The lake experienced a similar phenomenon in 2016.Researchers have attributed the mass die-offs to a sudden depletion of oxygen in the water due to a buildup of pollutants from aquaculture, agricultural runoff, and sewage from hotels and houses. Unfavorable weather conditions and unsustainable practices by local fish farmers have also been cited as factors.The new calendar is meant to notify fish farmers about the lake’s condition using a progressive scale running from safe to alert to dangerous, based on previous field assessments of the area.Workers haul in thousands of dead fish on the shore of Lake Toba. Image by Ayat S. Karokaro for Mongabay.A “safe” rating means fish farming can proceed as normal, while an “alert” rating means the farmers have to reduce their use of fish feed. Uneaten fish feed and feces from the fish pens fuel a process called eutrophication, in which the water becomes excessively rich in nutrients. This nutrient loading can induce oxygen-devouring algal blooms that suffocate fish, as is thought to have happened in 2016. Under “alert” conditions, fish farmers are asked to reduce stocking density in the floating cages and pay attention to the changes in the water. They are also advised to harvest earlier.A “dangerous” rating indicates the lake’s water temperature is low and the dissolved oxygen is less than 3 milligrams per liter, so fish may suffocate. The weather during this period will mostly be intense rainy and windy. Under such conditions, the farmers are advised to harvest fish that are ready for harvesting, pause their farming activities, and attend to fish that can survive low water quality. They are also expected to carry out aeration — a practice to bring water and air in close contact in order to remove dissolved gasses — and relocate some of the floating cages to deeper parts of the lake.“This predictive calendar and management scheme can increase the awareness of fish farmers and policymakers so that they won’t take mass fish die-offs lightly,” Sjarief Widjaja, head of capture fisheries at the national fisheries ministry, told reporters in Jakarta.Spanning 1,130 square kilometers (440 square miles), Lake Toba produces an estimated 76,000 metric tons of aquaculture products a year, much of it from local farmers. Two companies — Swiss-owned PT Aquafarm Nusantara and PT Suri Tani Pemuka, an arm of Singapore-listed Japfa Group — also cultivate tilapia in the lake and export fillets internationally, including to the United States and Europe. PT Aquafarm Nusantara, responsible for 40,000 tons of production in 2015, has received backlash for dumping waste into the lake.Haranggaol Bay, the lake’s second-largest source of farmed fish, has long been a pollution concern because of the high concentration of fish farms there. Where in 2005 the village had 854 floating pens, today there are more than 6,000. And that explosion, while a boon to the local economy, has come at a cost, particularly to the lake’s health.The government has long struggled to curb the rise of unregulated community fish farms. The campaign against fish farming also ramped up after President Joko Widodo announced a plan to turn Toba into a major tourist destination along the lines of a “Monaco of Asia.” In 2014, he signed an order stipulating that aquaculture would only be allowed in one district, Toba Samosir.Local governments have since attempted to carry out the mandate. In July 2016, Simalungun district, which covers Haranggaol, dispatched military and police officers to dismantle cages in Sualan village, about 70 kilometers south of Haranggaol.But for many landless residents, fish farming is their only dependable source of income. Many fund their businesses with bank loans. Losing or severely reducing aquaculture would not only disrupt their income, but also leave them with massive debts. The recent mass fish die-offs have also cost the fish farmers billions of rupiah.After pleas from local fish farmers, the government agreed to postpone the eviction. Instead, the seven districts on the lake and the provincial government agreed on new zoning regulations, while asking the farmers to adhere to stricter environmental standards.A carpet of dead fish in one of the floating net cages in Lake Toba. Image by Ayat S. Karokaro for Mongabay.In addition to releasing the predictive calendar, the government has recommended the planting of water hyacinths (Eichhornia crassipes), a free-floating aquatic plant known to reduce heavy metals and pesticide residues in waters where it grows.“Water hyacinth roots are natural filters for polluted water from various industry-manufactured chemicals,” said Toni Ruchimat, the fisheries ministry’s head of research.Officials have also advised the fish farmers to adopt other tools developed by the ministry, including Buoy Pluto, an early-warning pollution-monitoring system, and KJA SMART, a series of floating net cages with built-in systems to handle organic pollutants.In a bid to achieve environmental sustainability in Lake Toba, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, which oversees the fisheries ministry, has launched a research initiative involving the World Bank, the state-funded Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), and state-owned water company Perum Jasa Tirta. The local governments with authority over the area are expected to apply the research findings.“One of the recommendations from the researchers is to conserve the forests [around the lake] as there’s continuous tree cutting upstream,” said Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister of maritime affairs.The coordinating ministry has also recommended that a reforestation program be undertaken in the area around Lake Toba.Luhut said one of the key problems in Lake Toba was the high density of fish farmers. He cited research from LIPI that indicated the lake could sustainably accommodate at most 1,925 floating cages. Companies operating in the area have been asked to reduce their number of cages by 70 percent.“LIPI has said that Lake Toba requires 75 years to clean itself, but that process will never be achieved if the lake continues to be contaminated,” Luhut said.Fish farmers pile up dead fish on the shore of Lake Toba. Image by Ayat S. Karokaro for Mongabay.The story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Sept. 14, 2018.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Basten Gokkon
The speakers at the recent summit were (front, from left) Bafana Mabale, Lefty Mogorosi, Refilwe Thlabanyane, Mojalefa Nale, (back, from left) Miller Matola, Leo Makgamathe and Jaco Viljoen.North West, one of the country’s agricultural and mining powerhouses, was the latest province to host a Brand South Africa stakeholder summit. The event, held on 28 November 2011, showcased local poultry operation Opti Chicks and its innovative business model.Taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase provincial participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Each event presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country and epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Seizing opportunity Opti Chicks manager Jaco Viljoen spoke about his company’s contribution to growth and sustainability in the province.Having identified a gap in the market for day-old chicks over three years ago, Opti Chicks has become one of the leading suppliers in the province. It sells the birds to other poultry companies, which then rear the hatchlings for consumption.The North West is the biggest broiler-growing area in South Africa, and Opti Chicks is ideally placed to make the most of opportunities in such a niche segment of the production chain.What adds value to this company and sets it apart from competitors is the fact that it concentrates solely on producing top-quality day-old birds, whereas most other players in the industry are fully integrated.This means they focus on the entire growing cycle, from breeding chickens and processing their meat to distributing and marketing the end product.“Opti Chicks was started in 2008 by NWK, a 102-year-old agriculture-based business in the province with its head office in Lichtenburg. With an initial investment of R150-million (US$18.4-million), the original plan was to produce 350 000 day-old chicks per week,” says manager Jaco Viljoen.“But after we secured a supply agreement with one of the leading role-players in the industry, and they agreed to buy that number from us, we decided to go slightly bigger and produce 500 000 chicks per week. Other stakeholders in North West also needed day-old chicks, so we decided we could sell the difference to them.”Training and development key Opti Chicks produces day-old broilers for the local market. (Images: Nicky Rehbock) With the supply contract in place and the production capacity decided upon, Opti Chicks set about building up the business. They bought a 320ha farm between the towns of Ottosdal and Coligny in the province and began recruiting staff.Some 90% of staff were unskilled and knew little about the business when they started – one of the company’s biggest challenges, according to Viljoen.But thanks to rigorous ongoing training and development, Opti Chicks has rapidly amassed skills and boosted competency and efficiency. So far the company has created 182 jobs and plans to double that and its capacity by 2014.“In the beginning, through innovative thinking and planning, we realised that we were able to use our existing incubation equipment to further increase our capacity from 500 000 to 650 000 chicks per week, which amounts to about 34-million birds per year. Our operation now accounts for 3.3% of the total production in South Africa,” Viljoen adds.Hygiene is one of Opti Chicks’ top priorities, as the business is highly sensitive to poultry diseases.“We have a shower facility at the farm gate for all personnel entering the premises, and require them to wear protective clothing. We need to make sure there is absolutely no contamination from the outside.”Viljoen attributes the success of his operation to good management practices, thorough training, proper implementation of systems and not overcapitalising on staff and infrastructure.“Our contribution to North West includes job creation and economic stability and sustainability, meaning that no chicks have to be brought in from other provinces. All our inputs, such as maize for feed and bedding material, are also all sourced from North West, which means we help support other local businesses as well.”Growing its African footprintOpti Chicks is currently looking to buy another farm to accommodate expected capacity expansion.“We currently export fertilised eggs for broiler operations in Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and other states on the continent, and are planning to expand our footprint to the rest of Africa in the next 10 years – we’re now looking for strategic partners for that. We want to be prepared for any growth or new developments when they come our way.”Some 32kg of poultry was consumed per capita in the country in 2010, followed by 17.65kg of beef, 4.58kg of pork and 3.16kg of mutton and goat – indicating that chicken is the biggest protein source for South Africans.In comparison, the per capita poultry consumption in the US in 2010 was 43kg, meaning there’s potential for the local industry to expand by 40% to 50% in the coming years.The challenge here is to ensure that this growth comes from South Africa, as 16% of domestically consumed poultry is now imported – and 73% of this from Brazil.“Because of the strength of the rand and the cost of maize in South Africa, imports increased by 15% between 2009 and 2010. And from January to July 2011, 181 554 tons were imported – this is estimated to increase to 311 235 tons by the end of the year.“If half of that could be produced locally, the potential new jobs in the chicken and feed industry could amount to 10 000,” Viljoen says.
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As the capital cosies up to the misty months ahead, it sure won’t be a winter of discontent for Delhiites. Quite the contrary, in fact. For the city is as charged as a Duracell bunny this chilly season with a variety of options to whet everybody’s cravings.From culture vultures to,As the capital cosies up to the misty months ahead, it sure won’t be a winter of discontent for Delhiites. Quite the contrary, in fact. For the city is as charged as a Duracell bunny this chilly season with a variety of options to whet everybody’s cravings.From culture vultures to sport fanatics, there’s something on for just about everyone. So kick start those frozen knees with a high-octane game of football, cool them with a nice nature or heritage walk, trip out on a soul vacation with music under the velvet sky or park yourself for some poetry or a film screening. You decide. We’re just listing out what has to be on your to-do cool list this winterPuppetryPuppetry show About Ram at IHCWith innovation and experimentation being the buzzwords this year, India Habitat Centre (IHC) kicked off this season with a puppetry extravaganza presented by puppet-designer Anurupa Roy and animator Vishal K. Dar called About Ram.A narrative on the life of Ram the play uses an adaptation of classical Japanese puppetry called Bunraku and pushes the sacred boundaries between different styles of performing arts. While the puppeteers are not only present on stage as they work their strings (in this case, handles) what is even more fascinating is how Ram, a puppet with an aquiline face, uses the puppeteers’ bodies-literally climbing and jumping over them – as he narrates the story of his life.Combined with soft Hindustani classical music, Roy’s play also features shadow puppetry (using traditional Tolubommalata puppets from Andhra Pradesh) and AV screens that make the millionth retelling of Ram’s immortal story a truly novel experience. Says puppeteer and theatre person Varun Narayan, “Delhi has always welcomed experimentation in all forms.advertisementThe only problem is that people have gotten rather used to free passes and are a bit averse to shelling out ticket money these days.” Narayan’s new puppet play, Bhangra on the Moon, an experimental puppetry venture, opens at Kamani this month and promises to keep up the impetus of About Ram. Also on the cards is a Christmas Special slated for mid-December where Narayan plans to experiment with various forms inclduing shadow and string puppetry.Poetry readingPoetry reading at AksharaFor the last 30 years now, verse enthusiasts in the capital have been flocking to Akshara Theatre’s poetry reading sessions every winter. This year is no different. But this time, Akshara is focussing on Indian poetry.”Poetry is the one medium where there has never been any caste or class distinction,” says the theatre’s co-founder Jalabala Vaidya, adding that translations of greats like Meera, Kabir and Thyagraja are being encouraged this year.This year, Akshara will intro-duce audiences to these poets who have kept the oral tradition of India alive. Akshara will also showcase young poets from the capital, some of whom who have already been published in the Akshara Anthology of Young Poets.All this over hot cups of Akshara’s famous soup that is served to all members of the audience. Besides Akshara, Amit Dahiya Badhshah, host of IHC’s Tuesday night poetry sessions, Delhi Poetree, also hosts sessions at different venues four to five nights a week.Music in the parkKishori Amonkar at Nehru ParkAn enviable venue-Nehru Park-and a pantheon of polished performers-Music in the Park is ideal for both the connoisseur and the uninitiated. Organised by Star Care, NDMC and Spicmacay, the line up offers everything from Hindustani classical to Carnatic music. This season’s programme opened with a recital by Kishori Amonkar on October 14. Every alternate Saturday will see a performance by such greats as Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan among others.”Delhi’s grounds are tailormade for open air performances,” says Shubha Mudgal who is also performing this season. Unlike a traditional concert hall recital, there is no prerequisite pin drop silence here-you can chat a little, exchange notes with your girlfriend or find a kindred spirit in the stranger sitting next to you.A word of caution: it’s open air, so voices resonate, therefore, cellphones and loudmouthed friends are a strict nono. Besides, the starry sky above and music of the gods below, what more can one ask for? And did we mention, entry is free.FootballPlayers practice for a league gameWinter is also soccer season in the capital. And one of the most awaited events of the football cal-ender is the Delhi Diplomatic Soccer International League (October 30-November 30), meant strictly for amateur players. This winter, the league will organise matches at the US Embassy grounds and teams will feature employees from diplomatic missions, corporate firms as well as college students.Weekly matches are played with six-a-side teams after office hours, while weekends see a whole new ball game, complete with 11-member teams. Currently there are 32 teams playing six-a-side and 22 playing 11-a-side.advertisement”Anybody from the age of 14 to 55 is welcome to play,” says Aashish Khanna, the league’s coordinator. Once the league gets over, friendly matches are played at Ambedkar Stadium, Siri Fort, or at the US or the British Embassy through the winter months.WalksNature walk in the winter sunThere is no better time than now to get out and discover your city. The IHC organises nature walks twice a month that scout historical monuments and heritage sites and are led by noted historians and academicians, experts. Deeba Sobti, noted historian and host of many IHC walks says, “These are more than just heritage walks, what we try and recreate is an understanding of a bygone era.”Besides, the IHC is also hosting a bird walk at the Okhla Bird Park in Noida this weekend. The aim is to acquaint people with the 450 species of birds found in and around Delhi. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) also organises heritage walks in areas like Old Delhi (Shahjahanbad) and the Mehrauli Archeological Park around the Qutb world heritage site every Saturday and Sunday. So if you dig the outdoors but are not quite sporty, a walk around town is your best bet.and more…A Screening at the AtticIt doesn’t end here. From upcoming film festivals to film screenings at venues like the IHC, British Council, Max Mueller Bhavan, Alliance Francaise and various cultural centres at embassies. As regulars will proudly state, you won’t find any chick flicks here.For those interested in history and documentaries, another place to keep in mind is the Attic which screens films like My Father, the Builder which is a recording of the talk given by Khushwant Singh at the India International Centre (IIC).If live concerts get you grooving, but classical is not quite your thing, check out the IIC and Pragati Maidan, hosts of fantastic outdoor dos. Case in point, the recent Indian Ocean performance at the IIC. For those looking for the great outdoors but sandwiched between a Friday night and an early Monday morning, the city brings the outback into your backyard.The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) at Benito Juarez Road near South Campus with excellent rock climbing facilities is worth a try. Called a sport wall, the wall at IMF guarantees adventure buffs their adrenalin rush.”Though we are open all year through now is the best time for those interested in rock climbing, especially for first timers,” says Col M. K Bhimwal, director, IMF. So take your pick and step out now, celebrate winter before it truly sets in.