Farmers pose with the Japanese government donated BCS rotary tillers. Donates US$500K farm equipmentThe Japanese government has donated to Liberian farmers some energy saving farming equipment that will enable them to produce more rice to feed the country’s growing population.The equipment, which comes with a US$500,000 price tag, include 31 pieces of BCS rotary tillers and 424 pieces of garden weasels.The donation is part of the Japanese Rice Grant Project implemented by the Community of Hope Agriculture Project (CHAP) in five of the 15 counties that suffered the worst of the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and 2015. The counties are Lofa, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Bomi and Montserrado.CHAP executive director Robert Bimba donated the farm equipment simultaneously to heads of farming cooperatives from those counties at the formal program held in Monrovia over the weekend.CHAP is a locally-based non governmental organization working with local farmers to build their capacity.Director Bimba described agriculture as key to Liberia’s food security recovery, urging the farmers to help grow more rice to fed the population. He underscored the importance of the project to the farmers from the Ebola affected counties.He said the organization formally launched the Japanese Rice Project in Bomi, Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Montserrado counties with the objectives to build the capacity of farmers, link them with markets, and making available to them seed rice, fertilizers and rain boots.“The project is working with over 1,800 farmers, so we want to thank the Japanese government and the Ministry of Agriculture for the grant,” he said.A representative of the farmers thanked CHAP, the Japanese government and the authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture for the donations, which they promised to use for their intended purpose.The Japanese government is also constructing the Somalia Drive thoroughfare, while in the health sector, it has contributed US$2.256 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund to protect Liberian children from infectious diseases.UNICEF said it will use the Japanese grant to strengthen the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI) services which focus on seven of Liberia’s 15 counties with more than 450,000 children and will fund training and supplies to strengthen the capacity of healthcare workers at the community level to treat and prevent childhood diseases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Roger Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, will face Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday in his quest of conquering a record eighth Wimbledon title.Cilic, on the other hand, is playing his first Wimbledon final and will be looking to notch up only his second Grand Slam victory.Along with chasing his eight title at the All England Club, Federer will also be aiming to become the oldest player to win the Wimbledon in the Open Era. If Federer manages to win on Sunday, he will rise to world No. 3 in the ATP rankings, behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal but if Cilic wins, he will go above Federer to capture the fifth spot, his first time in the top-5.Federer and Cilic have both had a dominating and strong campaign and while the Swiss has not yet dropped a single set, Cilic has fought off tough challenges from Nadal-conqueror Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey on his road to the final.Federer leads the head-to-head record 6-1 against Cilic and the Wimbledon men’s singles final will be only their fourth Grand Slam meeting. Of these four meetings, Cilic has beaten Federer only once when he went on to win the US Open in 2014.Federer and Cilic faced off just last year at Wimbledon where Federer staged a remarkable comeback from two sets down to outlast Cilic.This Wimbledon, the statistics for both the finalists have been as follows.Image Credit: APGoing by the statistics, Cilic clearly possesses big serves but Federer has fended off a similar challenge before against Milos Raonic, who is also known for his big serves.advertisementOn the other hand, Cilic is guilty of more double faults than Federer and the Swiss remains way ahead in terms of his saved break points. Federer has shown exceptional resilience; Including the break points he saved in the semi-final against Tomas Berdych where he shot four straight aces to save two break points and win the game.In all the other areas, Cilic is neck-and-neck with Federer but the seven-time Wimbledon champion may come fresher into the final considering he has spent 4 hours and 72 minutes less on court than the Croatian.Federer has reached the final winning each of his last seven games in straight sets whereas Cilic dropped two against Gilles Muller in the quarter-final and one against Sam Querrey in the semi-final. ROUNDS ROGER FEDERER MARIN CILICFIRST beat A. Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-0 beat P. Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-3SECOND beat D. Lajovic 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 beat F. Mayer 7-6, 6-4, 7-5THIRD beat M. Zverev 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 beat S. Johnson 6-4, 7-6, 6-4FOURTH beat G. Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 beat R. Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2QUARTERS beat M. Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 beat G. Muller 3-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1SEMIS beat T. Berdych 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 beat S. Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5Federer and Cilic’ last Wimbledon meeting ended with Federer winning 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and the Swiss maestro will look to pull off another win, albiet in an easier manner, to win his fifth title and second Grand Slam of the year 2017.