Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"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, March 20, 2008

RI resolved to become leading coffee producer by 2025

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Agriculture Ministry is resolved to make Indonesia a leading prime coffee and coffee product producer in the world by 2025, the ministry`s plantation affairs director, Achmad Mangga Barani, said here Wednesday.

He said Indonesia now ranked fourth in the world as a coffee producer and exporter although its coffee plantation area was the second largest in the world.

With a production of 792 kilograms of coffee per hectare annually, Indonesia is still under Columbia (1,220 kg/ha/year), Brazil (1,000 kg/ha/year) and Vietnam (1,540 kg/ha/year).

"Under the national coffee policy, a strategy is needed to make Indonesia a leading producer of prime coffee and coffee products in 2025," he said.

Coffee is one of Indonesia`s premier export commodities, a source of farmers` income and raw material for industries, he said, adding that coffee plantation had created job opportunities and helped develop areas where coffee was grown.

Of the 1.30 million hectares of coffee plantation in Indonesia in 2006, 95.9 percent was developed as people-based plantation business and the remaining 4.10 percent was managed by state plantation companies and private enterprises.

Data at the Plantation Director General showed Indonesia was currenly growing Robusta coffee on 1,30 million hectares of land and Arabica coffee on 177,100 hectares of land with a total production of 682,158 tons, 413,500 tons of the volume for exports valued at US$586,877 in 2006.

In 2007, national coffee production was recorded at 686,763 tons from 1.31 million hectares of land.

Barani said in the long term policy until 2025, the government was to raise the volume of the commodity for export and increase the added value of national coffee production in the hope it would have competitive power in the international market.

Indonesia no longer exports coffee as raw material but processed products of a quality as expected by consumers, he said.

The government had decided to maintain the area of 1.23 million hectares for Robusta coffee plantation and increase production to 865,000 tons and planting productivity of 1,000 kilograms/ha/year until 2025.

The government had also decided to increase the export volume to 505,000 tons and raise coffee farmers` income to US$3,000.

The government was expected to enlarge the plantation area for Arabica coffee to 236,000 hectares and increase production to 193,000 tons from 81,000 tons and planting productivity to 1,200 kg/ha/year and export of 135,000 tons.

For the purpose, the government was ready to issue investment policies which support the development of facilities and infrastructures including roads, bridges and ports as well as, transportation and communication means and guarantee availibity of energy sources.

For national coffee development, the government would also guarantee financial support both from banks and non-banking institutions.

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