4 December 2012 The Jobs Fund, announced by President Jacob Zuma in 2011, has to date approved funding for 54 initiatives, including innovative business incubation models to develop small businesses, the National Treasury said on Monday. Addressing a media briefing in Johannesburg on Monday, the chairperson of the Jobs Fund Investment Committee, Frans Baleni, announced the launch of the Job Fund’s third call for funding proposals. The R9-billion fund, managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, aims to find innovative solutions to South Africa’s employment problem by encouraging new, job-creating ways of doing business in the country. Contracted initiatives have been awarded Jobs Funds grants of more than R1-million, which have leveraged an additional R1.8-million in matching funding from the fund’s project partners. The Treasury said these initiatives would create over 65 000 new permanent jobs in South Africa by 2015. “In addition, these initiatives will also place 42 000 unemployed people in existing vacancies.” Since opening in 2011, the Jobs Fund has received over 3 500 applications. However, only half of these were eligible. The fund “has made significant progress in establishing efficient systems to process the large numbers of applications it receives and to overcome some of the challenges experienced in setting up what is a new funding instrument in South Africa,” the Treasury said. A web-based application, management and tracking system is now operational, allowing applicants to monitor the progress of their applications. The third call for proposals is a request for applications from initiatives in enterprise development and infrastructure. The enterprise development window looks for initiatives that develop innovative commercial approaches to long-term job creation in ways that combine profitability with high social impact. It is looking for new business models, products and markets. The infrastructure window of the Jobs Fund will co-finance light infrastructure investment projects which are necessary to unlock job creation potential in particular areas. Initiatives could include providing critical missing infrastructure that creates trading opportunities, enhances access to markets, or improves the business environment for enterprises and employment-linked investments. Source: SANews.gov.za
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Forage producers should carefully scout their flood-damaged pastures and hay fields for signs of crop health to determine if reseeding is necessary, a Purdue Extension forage specialist says.“It’s important to take note of hoof damage to pastures,” Keith Johnson said. “Come back to the damaged areas often to assess if recovery is occurring. If there is permanent damage, plan on reseeding or renovating the field.”Johnson said producers should dig up several forage plants in pastures and hay fields to determine plant health. He also recommended washing away the soil on the roots and splitting open the crowns and taproots of legumes to see if the tissue is healthy or damaged.“Check with your crop insurance provider and Farm Service Agency representative to see if it is permissible to seed annual forages in drowned-out pockets within a corn or soybean field, or entire fields that have plants present but not much aboveground growth that can produce grain,” he said. “If seeding is permissible, review the labels of the herbicides you applied to the corn or soybeans to see what can be sown there without carryover effects.”Johnson offered these additional suggestions:* This late in the growing season, avoid warm-season grasses and seed spring oat in mid-August. Include forage turnip with the spring oat if the acreage will be grazed.* If grasses are nitrogen-deficient, apply about 50 pounds of nitrogen per acre. If applied to cool-season grass-dominant pastures, the nitrogen will help extend the grazing season.* Graze animals on well-drained fields first to minimize damage to flooded areas.* Test stored forages, such as hay and silage, for nutritional quality and consult a trained nutritionist to determine the proper rations for livestock. More information about forage testing can be found at www.foragetesting.org.
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