Training Program Enhancing Quality, Productivity of Coffee2024 SADC Media Awards open for entries

Addis Ababa: The field training being given to farmers has been productive in improving the quality and productivity of coffee, according to the Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority. Approached by ENA, Coffee, Tea and Spices CEO at the Authority Fikadu Adefirs said various activities have been carried out over the past years to enhance coffee productivity and quality. Following the measures being taken, the productivity and quality of coffee has been increased, he said. According to him, the productivity of coffee has increased to 7.5 quintals per hectare from the previous 6 quintals on average. Activities are also undertaken to cultivate 12 quintals per hectare and to enhance the quality of coffee to first and second level during the coming four years, he further pointed out. In the coffee cultivation, treating acidic soil, disease prevention, improving input utilization and other activities are being carried out in a scientific manner, he said, adding strengthening the extension system is also being done in a project with the stakeholders. The field training given to farmers has brought success in improving quality and productivity of coffee as the training has been given in six coffee producing regions. Since the field training being given to farmers is crucial in improving the quality and productivity of coffee, he urged research institutes, universities and others to support the training. Source: Ethiopian News Agency Government has reminded media practitioners to submit their entries for the 2024 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards. The SADC Media Awards are open to journalists from the SADC member states for four categories: photo, print, television and radio journalism. 'To promote regional integration and cooperation (cross-border issues), the awards aim to recognise excellence in journalism in the area of print, photo, television, radio as well as to encourage media practitioners in member states to cover issues pertaining to the region,' the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said on Monday. The SADC Media Awards were established in 1996 to recognise best media work in disseminating information on SADC to support the process of regional co-operation and integration in the region. The awards were established following a decision by the SADC Council of Ministers to establish a sector that deals with matters relating to, amongst others, information, culture and sport. The se awards are one of the mechanisms to ensure a link, coordination and synchronisation between formal structures of SADC governments, civil society, academia, labour and the media. Journalists who wish to enter the competition can access more information about the competition from the www.sadc.int and www.gcis.gov.za websites. The entry form and the 2024 competition rules can be found on the links below: Entry Form: Entry form-English.docx_0.pdf (gcis.gov.za). Rules of the Competition: https://www.gcis.gov.za/sites/default/files/2024%20Rules%20of%20Competition%20-ENGLISH.pdf Entries need to be posted or delivered to Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) or any GCIS office nationwide marked: MDDA Offices GCIS Offices SADC Media Awards Entry or SADC Media Awards Entry GSM Building Government Communications SABC Auckland Park Campus 1035 Francis Baard Street Johannesburg Hatfield, Pretoria 2006 0028 No entries must be submitted later than 29 February 2024. Source: South African Government N ews Agency