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Haiti Soil Lab

first_imgThe new soil-testing lab at the Zanmi Agricol Learning Center Fritz Lafontant in Corporant, Haiti isn’t sophisticated. But it works, and that’s enough to change the lives of many Haitian farmers. Recently, University of Georgia soil scientists David Kissel and Leticia Sonon traveled to Corporant, located in the country’s Central Plateau region, to install the new soil-testing lab. They gave lectures on the importance of soil testing and trained a handful of teachers and other officials on how to manage and operate the laboratory. “This is the beginning of farmers being able to assess the fertility of Haitian soils and determine how much and which fertilizers their crops need,” said Kissel, who is director of the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The lab, created by a partnership between the college and Atlanta-based nonprofit League of Hope, opened at the end of June as the only working soil lab in Haiti. Kissel identified the soil lab as a need in the country when he traveled to Haiti on a fact-finding tour in 2010. He and Sonon, the coordinator for the college’s Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Lab, identified practical testing methods appropriate for Haiti’s soils and conditions. They installed low-cost instruments that are compact, tough and inexpensive to operate. The new lab is basically a scaled-down version of the CAES Extension soil-testing lab in Athens, GA. It took Sonon and Kissel about a year to design the steamlined lab and develop procedures that would work in Haiti. The information provided by the soil tests performed in the lab — including nutrient contents and pH levels — can help farmers choose the most appropriate crop varieties for their fields and fertilizers. The goal is to provide Haitian farmers with the information they need to increase their crop yields and feed their families. The lab — with its cement floors, folding work tables and rugged, energy efficient equipment — is located inside a new trade school that has opened to serve the Central Plateau region in the northeastern corner of the island. In addition to electrical, plumbing and carpentry training, the school will offer agricultural and environmental stewardship courses to farmers. The lab technicians who were trained by Sonon and Kissel will serve as part-time agricultural advisers to local farmers. They will run the lab, teach others to use the equipment and start demonstration test plots to show Haitian farmers that their yields can be increased with the right soil additives and fertilizers. “The idea was for us to go down and train the teachers, and the teachers would train their students, who could then spread the word about the lab,” Kissel said.Soil testing was a critical part of the success of American agriculture throughout the 20th century and one of the most common services provided by Extension agents across the U.S. Haitian farmers produce only 40 percent of the food the country needs. Food supplies in Haiti have never been abundant, but they have gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the infrastructure around Port-au-Prince. This one soil lab is not going to solve that problem, but it’s a big step towards increasing the ability of Haitian farmers to feed their country, Sonon said.last_img read more

LOOK: Valdez judges fitness contest; Villanueva, AVO impress

first_imgIt seems like Alyssa Valdez, the Philippine volleyball superstar, has been everywhere these days.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Ateneo rolls to 4th straight win, blanks struggling UP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Read Next Valdez on Sunday was among the judges of a fitness competition on Sunday.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe 24-year-old Valdez has always been in the limelight ever since her playing days at Ateneo in the UAAP, where she won three MVP awards and led the Lady Eagles to a couple of championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez also had stints in Thailand and Taiwan and recently, she’s been appearing on television as segment host of Upfront.But she’s not the only known athlete during the event with volleyball player Amanda Villanueva and cager Arnold Van Opstal also there as participants. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOVillanueva and cager Van Opstal were stars in their own right back in their college days.Villanueva had her moments as part of the Adamson Lady Falcons while Van Opstal helped the De La Salle Green Archers win the UAAP title in 2013.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta PLAY LIST 01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

India vs England: Sachin ruled out of ODI series

first_imgIt seems the wait for Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th ton will continue for some time as the batting maestro has been ruled out of the ODI series against England with a right toe injury. Tendulkar has been ruled of action for the next four weeks.Tendulkar, who aggravated a decade-old toe injury forcing him out of the rain-washed opening One-day International (ODI) on Saturday, had consulted a leading surgeon in London earlier on Monday.With seven first-choice players already forced out of the ODI team so far, Tendulkar’s absence comes as a big blow to the beleaguered Team India in England.With the Men in Blue hunting for their first win of the tour, the experience of Tendulkar would have been crucial for India’s fortunes.last_img read more