P.H.O.T.O N.E.W.S: FIRST LADY OF SOUTH AFRICA, MRS NOMPUMELEL JACOB ZUMA VISIT BAYELSA STATE


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  1. AGRICULTURE IS ONE AREA SOUTH AFRICA CAN PARTNER WITH BAYELSA STATE

    AGRICULTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA

    The agricultural industry contributes around 10% of formal employment, relatively low compared to other parts of Africa, as well as providing work for casual labourers and contributing around 2.6% of GDP for the nation. However, due to the aridity of the land, only 13.5% can be used for crop production, and only 3% is considered high potential land. The sector continues to face problems, with increased foreign competition and crime being two of the major challenges for the industry. The government has been accused of either putting in too much effort, or not enough effort, to tackle the problem of farm attacks as opposed to other forms of violent crime.

    Maize production, which contributes to a 36% majority of the gross value of South Africa’s field crops, has also experienced negative effects due to climate change. The estimated value of loss, which takes into consideration scenarios with and without the carbon dioxide fertilization, effect, ranges between tens and hundreds of millions of Rands.

    According to FAOSTAT, South Africa is one of world’s largest producers of: chicory roots (4th); grapefruit (4th); cereals (5th); green maize and maize (7th); castor oil seed (9th); pears (9th); sisal (10th); fibre crops (10th). In the first quarter of 2010, the agricultural sector earned export revenues for R10.1 billion and used R8.4 billion to pay for imported agricultural products, therefore earning a positive trade balance of R1.7 billion.
    The most important agricultural exports of South Africa include: edible fruit and nuts, beverages, preserved food, tobacco, cereals, wool not carded or combed, miscellaneous food, sugar, meat, milling products, malt and starch. These products accounted for over 80% of agricultural export revenue in the first quarter of 2010. The most important agricultural imports, which accounted for over 60% of agricultural import value during the same period, include: cereals, meat, soya-bean oil cake, beverages, soya-bean oil and its fractions, tobacco, palm oil and its fractions, miscellaneous food, spices, coffee, tea, and preserved food.

    The dairy industry consists of around 4,300 milk producers providing employment for 60,000 farm workers and contributing to the livelihoods of around 40,000 others. The food sub-sector is the largest employer within the agro-processing sector – contributing 1.4% to total employment, and 11.5% within the manufacturing sector. In 2006, the agro-processing sector represented 24.7% of the total manufacturing output. Although the economy as a whole gained 975,941 jobs between 1995 and 2006, the agro-processing sector lost 45,977 jobs. The competitive pressures from abroad, particularly from China and India, played a role in the decline of exports for the food, textiles and paper sub-sectors, as firms in these sectors increasingly compete with lower cost producers. Increased exports from the beverages, tobacco, wood and leather sub-sectors over the period are probably due to the presence of large dominant firms within these sectors in South Africa, that have managed to remain competitive.

    Source: Verbatim from Wikipedia (2005)

    A CROSS SECTION OF BAYELSANS AT THE GLORYLAND CULTURAL CENTRE YENAGOA YESTERDAY DURING THE VISIT OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN FIRST LADY TO BAYELSA STATE

  2. ON THE VISIT OF THE FIRST LADY OF SOUTH AFRICA HE, NOMPUMELEL ZUMA TO BAYELSA STATE:

    Governor Henry Seriake Dickson yesterday took a huge step towards cementing bi-lateral relations between South Africa and Bayelsa State. South Africa and Bayelsa State can mutually re-engineer their economies. Bayelsa State can borrow a lot from the success story of Agriculture, tourism and industrialization while South Africa can invest massively in Power. In South Africa, about 60% of her power from neighbouring Lesotho. Bayelsa can be a veritable partner in the development of power. The time has come for us to emphasize areas in economic development where both partners will maximize optimal benefits.

    Here, Governor Dickson welcomes the South African First Lady in a grand style

  3. This Ȋ̝̊̅§ a welcome development in bayelsa state. Governor henry. Seriake dickson Ȋ̝̊̅§ a man of his words and will change the face of bayelsa state. God bless bayelsa

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