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"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Low yields remains big problem for RI rubber

Rita A.Widiadana and Wasti Atmodjo, The Jakarta Post, Nusa Dua, Bali

Despite the fact that Indonesia's rubber plantations covers the largest area in the world with around 3.3 million hectares, the country comes second to Thailand in terms of production due its low yield levels, says a senior government official.

Achmad Suryana, director general for agricultural research and development at the Agriculture Ministry, said Thursday that besides having lower yields, Indonesia's rubber was also of lower quality compared to Thailand's

Speaking during a two-day rubber conference, he said that production problems were due to the fact that most rubber plantations were owned or managed by tappers who lacked not only capital, but also the technology needed to boost production and improve quality.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla is scheduled Thursday to address the annual gathering, which brings together experts, policy makers and rubber-industry stakeholders from 16 member countries, including India, Thailand, China and Malaysia.

Indonesian's foreign exchange earnings from rubber exports increased by 60 percent to US$4 billion in 2006 from $2.58 billion in 2005.

This year, rubber output may rise 4.9 percent to 2.77 million tons as the area under rubber has increased to 3.3 million hectares from 3.29 million previously, Mukti Sardjono, director for perennial crops, told the conference.

Indonesia expects production to rise 8 percent by 2008 as plantations are expanded and yields improve, an official from the Agriculture Ministry said.

About 85 percent of the 3.30 million hectares under rubber are operated by smallholder tappers, and have very low productivity. Private-sector firms and state-owned enterprises operate the remaining plantations, mainly located in Kalimantan and Sumatra.

The productivity of smallholder plantations varies between 600 kilograms and 800 kg per hectare per year, as compared to 1,300 kg from rubber estates. Thailand and India produce between 1,800 kg and 1,900 kg per hectare a year.

According to Suryana, the low productivity of smallholder plantations in Indonesia was caused by a number of factors. Firstly, the trees in smallholder plantations were grown from low-yielding seeds. Secondly, a large proportion of the smallholder plantations consisted of old and unproductive trees.

Indonesia has the potential to profit greatly from the rubber sector. Currently, the price of standard Indonesian rubber stands at $2 per kg, while processed rubber timber, such as that used for parquet flooring, is worth more than $500 per cubic meter.

Agus Pakpahan, deputy state minister for state-owned companies, said that Indonesia was unable to compete with Thailand and Malaysia because of the low quality of its rubber production.

Most Indonesian rubber was produced by tappers using traditional technology, Pakpahan explained.

He said that Indonesia had failed to develop a mutually beneficial partnership with the growers. "We developed the wrong partnership scheme in the nucleus-smallholder system. This scheme treats farmers only as suppliers. Our links with the farmers are weak and the position of the farmers is even weaker under this scheme," Pakpahan said.

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