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first_imgMike Heylin OBE Chairman British Record (Rod Caught) Fish Committee added: David Miller, the artist who designed the rod licence, said: Designing this year’s fishing licence combines 2 of my passions: fishing and art. The Environment Agency does a fantastic job and I’m proud to be supporting rod licence sales with my artwork. It’s been great to be able to capture a fish that has such historical significance in the fishing world. To the delight of the country’s anglers, the Environment Agency has revealed today that Clarissa the Carp (Cyprinus carpio) – for 28 years a UK record weighing Carp – will be represented on the front of the Environment Agency’s fishing coarse & trout licence.Clarissa was chosen to mark the centenary birth of renowned angler Richard “Dick” Walker, who, on 13 September 1952, landed a carp of 44lb which beat the previous record by nearly 13lb. The fish, caught from Redmire Pool, was taken to London Zoo aquarium.In the 1950’s fish were routinely killed to establish their weight and often put in a glass cases. Walker hated the idea of killing such a magnificent creature and persuaded the aquarium’s curator to take her on. She was there named Clarissa the Carp – although Dick Walker himself called her Ravioli.The choice for this year’s image will be welcomed by coarse fish anglers who have campaigned for Walker’s contribution to angling to be acknowledged. His record catch stood until 1980 when it was beaten by a fish of 51½ lb from the same water. As the inventor of ‘Arlesey bomb’ angling weight, the first electronic bite alarms and because of his involvement in the development of carbon fibre fishing rods, he is considered a pioneer.This year’s image will be a carp and was designed by renowned angling and wildlife artist, David Miller. The other fishing licence images unveiled today are the gudgeon (Gobio gobio) and the salmon (Salmo salar).Sales of fishing licences for the 2016/17 season raised £21 million. The money was used to restock rivers with 6,335,000 fish, encourage over 35,000 people to try angling for the first time and bring 2,330 successful prosecutions against crimes like poaching.Kevin Austin, Director of Fisheries at the Environment Agency, said: This is a fine tribute to a fish and an angler who changed our perspective and excited a whole generation of anglers, many of whom will hold this licence with pride. We’re delighted to reveal these new images as part of our continued drive to encourage people to give fishing a go. All the money raised from rod licence sales is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries benefiting anglers. The fishing licence lasts for 12 months from the day it is bought, rather than expiring at the end of March each year. People are required to buy a fishing licence in order to fish legally in England, Wales and along the Border Esk in Scotland.Anyone fishing illegally is cheating other licence paying anglers and can expect to be prosecuted and face a substantial fine. In 2016/ 2017 the Environment Agency checked 63,000 rod licences and prosecuted 2,795 anglers for fishing without a licence. Anyone can buy a fishing licence online from GOV.UKENDSlast_img read more

first_img Press Association But the Dutchman had been on the field for only four minutes before he swung over the corner that Phil Jones’ swept home for United’s winner. Elation at the goal, which confirmed United as group stage winners, was tempered by news that Van Persie had strained his thigh as he was taking the corner. It means the 30-year-old is now set to miss Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa, the entire festive programme, Wednesday’s Capital One Cup quarter-final against Stoke, plus the first leg of any subsequent semi-final and the FA Cup third round encounter with Swansea on January 5. For Moyes, who is looking to guide United back up the Premier League table after successive home losses, it is a major setback given Van Persie’s status as Golden Boot winner for the past two seasons. “It is a big blow to us,” said the United boss. “He picked up a thigh strain in taking a corner kick which led to the goal. “It is unfortunate because if you look at our record with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team it is actually very good and we have not had them for quite a period recently.” Although he has not reached the levels of last term, Van Persie has scored on eight occasions, most recently when he headed home the winner against his old club Arsenal on November 10. David Moyes has been dealt an injury hammer-blow after Manchester United striker Robin van Persie was ruled out for four weeks with a thigh injury. After a largely uninterrupted debut campaign with the Old Trafford outfit, Van Persie has suffered a series of setbacks this time around. Troubled by groin and toe problems, Van Persie was making only his 16th appearance of the campaign when he was introduced as a substitute during Tuesday’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk. Moyes could be forgiven for believing he was cursed given influential midfielder Michael Carrick has been missing since that Arsenal game, when he aggravated an Achilles complaint. In addition, £27.5million new-boy Marouane Fellaini has been troubled by a wrist injury and is now laid low by a back complaint, while veteran pair Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, plus England defender Chris Smalling, also missed the Shakhtar victory. “I have no doubt it will get better,” said Moyes. “I am sure we have plenty of players who can cover it and we don’t miss them too much.” If there is one silver lining for Moyes, it is that he does have plenty of offensive options available and Wayne Rooney has enjoyed a reasonably productive partnership with Shinji Kagawa when the pair have operated in tandem. Yet United’s tally of just eight goals at Old Trafford takes some explaining. Moyes feels the absence of Carrick might have something to do with it given he failed to make the signings he wanted during the summer. “I do (feel United have felt Carrick’s loss),” said Moyes “We need him for his creativity. We have missed him for lots of other reasons as well. “We were looking for a couple of midfield players in the summer. We needed one who could give us something else if we did get an injury to Michael or one who could have played with him. “We weren’t able to get two. We got one so we have definitely been a little bit short in that area. “Hopefully he is not too far away and he will be back in a couple of weeks.” last_img read more

first_imgCitizens of Bomi County have confessed that their failure to produce more food, especially cassava and other tubers in the county is due to lack of markets and under pricing of the commodities by buyers from Monrovia.They made the assertion on February 28, 2015 in Klay District where about 30 farmers converged to discuss and find solutions to problems affecting cassava farming in the county.  The discussion was organized by a local non-governmental organization, the Human Development Foundation (HDF).  During the discussion, farmers stressed that they produce cassava, but there is no market to sell the commodity to earn equitable income. “We work too much to produce the cassava, but as we transport it at high cost to the market, buyers from Monrovia will price the goods less and we will not have any money to take home after transportation fares.  In many instances the cassava gets rotten and we end up making fufu (fermented cassava) which cannot easily be sold,” one farmer said.  The farmers said this is one major condition that causes them to feel reluctant to cultivate large hectares of land. The farmers also identified disunity as one key factor hindering productivity in Bomi.They claimed that it is difficult for people to join and work together despite group work system that the Human Development Foundation has introduced.Giving an overview of the discussion earlier, the Executive Director for HDF, Sensee L. Sirleaf, Sr. said seeing the need to add value to cassava to be the second to Liberian staple food, rice, they have received funding from the World Bank through the Ministry of Agriculture and his group has been engaged to reach the farmers with the project. He added that the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP) is working along with MOA as the German Agro non-governmental organization; Welt Hungerhlife provides oversight in the implementation of the project.  Mr. Sirleaf explained that the Innovation Platform cassava value chain is meant to take farmers from just producing a few tubers of cassava for eating to go into business instead.  Under the Innovation Platform, he said they are bringing together the producers that represent farmers, the processors, the policy makers, transporters and nutritionists.  He emphasized that in addition to the problem affecting farmers, there are no processing plants that will transform the raw cassava into other valuable forms to be more nutritional. He told the farmers that as they understand the needs and challenges, they will take to donors what they gathered from the discussion to find the appropriate solutions. In HDF’s three operational districts, including Dewur, Klay and Seinjeh, Mr. Sirleaf said they have one processing plant for now and are hoping to set other plants in the rest of the districts to make it easy for farmers to take their cassava there for processing.He said they have cultivated 30 hectares of cassava in the three districts and HDF extension agent is assigned there to teach the farmers the system of planting on mounds and ridges that encourage high yield.HDF and partners, according to Mr. Sirleaf, provide tools including wheelbarrows, cutlasses and rice to a group of farmers to help make their farms.Also speaking on the significance of engagement in cassava farming in Bomi, West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program County Officer, Kemoh Sheriff told the farmers that the Government of Liberia, World Food Program and Mary’s Meal are to soon provide the market for cassava.Mr. Sheriff said Mary’s Meal, based in Bomi, has decided to purchase gari to feed students in that county.The Bomi gari is a nutritional type of cassava product that contains ingredients such as peanuts and sugar.He also disclosed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has asked the World Food Program (WFP) to purchase locally produced food items, including rice and gari to use in school feeding programs, instead of corn, soya and bulgur wheat.Mr. Sheriff, who received applause from the farmers for his entertaining explanation, told them that demands especially from Mary’s Meal places people in the county under obligation to produce more cassava as gari from Bomi is to soon take center stage in business on the Liberian market.After identifying the problems and revealing marketing opportunities that will soon come to the county, heads of farmers of the Klay District that converged for the discussion formed the Innovation Platform and elected their leaders.The leaders are to work with farmer groups in the three districts to achieve the goals of the project partners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more