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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Minister of Agriculture- " Fill in The Blanks"!


The Minister of Agriculture Mr. Benstrong has gone on SBC to announce that a catapillar is ravaging tomato plants, attacking the leaf of the of the plant, cutting off circulation of the plant. The Minister has said he is imposing a ban on importation of tomatoes from South Africa, Egypt, other destinations. I suppose this is one way to " price control" imported tomatoes which cost SCR. 140.00 per kilo.

Fill in The Blanks

The Minister gave a big presentation concerning this worm. He said that South Africa will be banned from exporting tomatoes to Seychelles. What the Minister did not think of  is tomato exporters will simply export via Kenya, or Ethiopia. Minister failed to detail a comprehensive position on the ban. Is this how Ministry of Agriculture manages agricultural production?

No Snail Pellets Two Months

Minister encouraged farmers to run, start planting tomato plants to meet the new found demand, resulting from the ban, over ridding World Trade Organization ( WTO) treaty. Yet Minister has yet to insure that provision stores have snail pellets to apply the theory to the a la practical! Snail pellets have not been seen by farmers for over two Months now. How can you plant tomatoes without snail pellets? Hic!

Grow Fish In Marine Park

Meanwhile, a plan is under way to grow fish in the marine park in front of Anse Possession, where the biggest grouping of the Seychelles under world lairs. Mitcy Larue resides in the area occasionally. As the fish grow, they will make it to the dining tables of the criminal elite, before they ever make it to market, trust me.

Pig Meal and Chicken Feed

Ministry cannot maintain adequate supply of animal feed. How will it maintain adequate supply of fish meal to grow fish? Has it studied the Praslin Farmers Proposal to plant corn across Farquhar island? 

For agriculture to succeed we need real professionals to come forward and set the agenda, not people who never planted a thing in their life, and took it to market for return on investment ( ROI).

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!
Minister of Agriculture- " Fill in The Blanks"!

The Minister of Agriculture Mr. Benstrong has gone on SBC to announce that a catapillar is ravaging tomato plants, attacking the leaf of the of the plant, cutting off circulation of the plant. The Minister has said he is imposing a ban on importation of tomatoes from South Africa, Egypt, other destinations. I suppose this is one way to " price control" imported tomatoes which cost SCR. 140.00 per kilo.

Fill in The Blanks

The Minister gave a big presentation concerning this worm. He said that South Africa will be banned from exporting tomatoes to Seychelles. What the Minister did not think of  is tomato exporters will simply export via Kenya, or Ethiopia. Minister failed to detail a comprehensive position on the ban. Is this how Ministry of Agriculture manages agricultural production?

No Snail Pellets Two Months

Minister encouraged farmers to run, start planting tomato plants to meet the new found demand, resulting from the ban, over ridding World Trade Organization ( WTO) treaty. Yet Minister has yet to insure that provision stores have snail pellets to apply the theory to the a la practical! Snail pellets have not been seen by farmers for over two Mao this now. How can you plant tomatoes without snail pellets? Hic!

Grow Fish In Marine Park

Meanwhile, a plan is under way to grow fish in the marine park in front of Anse Possession, where the biggest grouping of the Seychelles under world lairs. Mitcy Larue resides in the area occasionally. As the fish grow, they will make it to the dining tables of the criminal elite, before they ever make it to market, trust me.

Pig Meal and Chicken Feed
Ministry cannot maintain adequate supply of animal feed. How will it maintain adequate supply of fish meal to grow fish? Has it studied the Praslin Farmers Proposal to plant corn across Farquhar island? 

For agriculture to succeed we need real professionals to come forward and set the agenda, not people who never planted a thing in their life, and took it to market for rerun on investment ( ROI).

Sesel Pou Seselwa!

May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

St. Ange Zero in on UNWTO For Seychelles


Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Candidate for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO left Seychelles on Monday afternoon by Ethiopian Airlines and is on his way to Madrid to present his official documents and formalise his candidature. The former Minister of the Seychelles responsible for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine said as he was leaving Seychelles that his working visit to Madrid falls during FITUR, the Tourism Trade Fair of Spain which gives him a great opportunity to network with Tourism Ministers coming from the Community of Nations.

"Apart from presenting my official documents as the Seychelles Candidate for the post of Secretary General for the UNWTO, I have also organised one on one interviews with a number of press. On Tuesday the 17th I will join Tourism Ministers invited to a reception by His Majesty the King of Spain and I will also be attending the 2017 edition of the annual INVESTOUR conference where Africa meets Europe" said Alain St.Ange to a Kenyan Press following up on an earlier release announcing his candidature.

Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles is joining the race for the top job in tourism and will be facing candidates from Georgia, Brazil, Korea and Zimbabwe. "It is a position under the umbrella of the UN. It is a democratic electoral process and every candidate are only after the best for the tourism industry. Candidate all know each other and have all interacted together as they have all been Tourism Ministers at one point in time.  Member States of the UNWTO will elect who they see as the best person for the job. This is the normal course of action" said St.Ange.

Seychelles is one of very few countries where english and french are both official languages and St.Ange is coming forward as a candidate who worked in the private sector for many years become joining the Government as a Minister. He has been a strong advocate on public / private partnership for the tourism industry of Seychelles and this has helped him steer the industry with a lot of success.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands endorses Alain St.Ange of the Seychelles for SG of UNWTO

The islands of the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Mayotte, Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion and Seychelles) joined together many years ago to form a new Tourism Block named the Vanilla Islands. Today they are seen in Tour Operator programs as a region to themselves and the islands have seen remarkable successes in holiday combinations of two or three islands at a time and a major success story in cruise ship business now cruising the Indian Ocean Region.
Alain St.Ange, as the Seychelles Tourism Minister was the first President of this regional grouping and was re-elected for a second mandate as he worked for unity in the Indian Ocean Islands .Last year it was Xavier Luc Duval, the Deputy Prime Minister of Mauritius who was at the head of the Regional Body having succeeded the Minister from Madagascar and Reunion. Today the Comoros are at the head of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands. Mrs Sitti Attoumane, the President of the Vanilla Islands and Head of the Comoros Tourism wrote to Alain St.Ange on behalf of the Regional Tourism Organization to endorse his candidature as Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
This endorsement is timely for on Monday St.Ange is due to travel to Madrid in Spain to present his official documents as a candidate to Dr Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO. This is set to be done on the side lines of FITUR 2017, the tourism trade fair of Spain.
Mrs Sitti Attoumane of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands wrote saying: "The social, economic and cultural development of a region is essential for the well being of the population. If this progression can be effected whilst respecting the environment then it is a success. It is with this vision that you guided not only the archipel of the Seychelles, but also the Indian Ocean region for many years. As you participated in the creation of the Vanilla Islands, the grouping of the Indian Ocean Islands, you showed in the belief of a shared prosperity and also the spirit of cooperation inclusive of sharing your successes. This is the reason that the Vanilla Islands Organization regrouping the islands of the Union of the Comoros, Reunion, Mayotte Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar are coming forward to extend their support for you as a candidate for the position of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. With both the francophones and anglophone cultures at your fingertip, we are persuaded that the world of tourism will find in you a competent and motivated partner at the service of tourism"
Alain St.Ange said that he was grateful with the letter of endorsement for his bid to before the SG of the UNWTO. "The Indian Ocean islands are strong tourism players with tourism industries remaining important for their economies. Their support is indeed appreciated" said Alain St.Ange.