Oyster farm at Ballyness Bay will ‘destroy the whole area’, Council told

first_imgConcerns over proposed aquaculture licences at Ballyness Bay were raised at a council level today with a warning that an oyster farm could harm the local environment.Cllr Michael McClafferty raised a motion to query the council’s position on the issue which has given rise to protests, petitions and demonstrations by locals in Falcarragh.The ‘Save Ballyness Bay’ action group is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Michael Creed T.D to reconsider allowing the bay to be used by the shellfish farming industry. Campaigners held a family fun day on the beach last Saturday to ‘make a stand’ for the coastline. “It’s going to destroy the whole environment and area,” Cllr McClafferty told the county council’s monthly meeting. He added the development in the scenic area would have an impact on tourism along the Wild Atlantic Way. Cllr McClafferty said that he was not opposed to the jobs the farm would create, but he believes the development is not suitable for the area.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher suggested that Cllr McClafferty’s motion should ask the Minister for the Marine to suspend the decision-making process on Ballyness Bay as there was no public consultation on the matter.“This is a very specific decision that is going to come up in the next while and the people did not get an opportunity to have their say,” Cllr Gallagher said.  The Council response was that the authority is a consultee to aquaculture licence applications and it can comment on prospective licence applications in the context of the provisions of the County Development Plan 2018-2014. These comments are then formally considered by the Department of Agriculture Food & the Marine in their decision-making process.Oyster farm at Ballyness Bay will ‘destroy the whole area’, Council told was last modified: September 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyness BayFalcarraghlast_img read more

US firm to build new power plants

first_img28 August 2007A consortium led by US power producer AES has been selected as the preferred bidder to build, own and operate two new power plants in South Africa, representing an investment of over R5-billion during the construction phase, a significant portion of which will constitute foreign direct investment in the country.In what has been seen as a decisive step towards involving the private sector in South Africa’s energy arena, Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica announced on Monday that the AES consortium was the preferred bidder to build two open cycle gas turbine peaking power plants, a 760MW plant in Durban and a 342MW plant in Port Elizabeth.The plants will contribute to state electricity company Eskom’s efforts to improve the reserve margin of SA’s power system, which has fallen in recent years due to strong economic growth in the country.To address the need for new generation capacity, the government has set a policy requiring that the private sector build 30% of the country’s new generating power through independent power plants.According to the Department of Minerals and Energy, the new peaking power generation projects in Durban and Port Elizabeth represent the first of these planned investments by the private sector, in addition to Eskom’s plans to invest R150-billion (US$21-billion) over the next five years.“The preferred bidder will finance, design, construct, own, operate and maintain the two new power plants, which are expected to be fully operational before the end of 2009,” Sonjica told journalists in Pretoria.At least 200 permanent and 6 000 temporary jobs are expected to be created during construction of the plants, which is set to begin at the end of the year, once the contract with the consortium has been finalised.The consortium includes three local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners: Tiso Energy, Mbane Power, and Kurisani Youth Development Trust, the investment arm of HIV/Aids awareness programme loveLife.“This is a great success for AES and our BEE partners in South Africa that will help reduce the country’s power supply challenge and support economic growth, while also promoting skills and knowledge transfer,” AES president of Europe and Africa John McLaren said in a statement.The Eastern Cape plant will be built in the Coega Industrial Development Zone near Port Elizabeth, while the KwaZulu-Natal plant will be built at the Avon sub-station on the coast north of Durban.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

State retained 7.5% growth, but farm sector in distress

first_imgMaharashtra’s economy grew at an estimated 7.5% in 2018-19, the same pace as the year before it, but growth in the agricultural sector collapsed to a mere 0.4% and crop output shrank by a sharp 8%.With industrial growth also contracting, it was only a sharp 9.2% growth in the Services sector that helped the State retain the 7.5% growth rate, as per the Economic Survey tabled in the Assembly on Monday.The agriculture and allied activities sector is expected to grow by 0.4% compared to 3.1% in 2017-18 while industry may grow by 6.9% compared to 7.6 % in the previous fiscal. Only the services sector is predicted to grow faster than the 8.1% recorded in 2017-18. What should set off alarm bells about the State’s agrarian economy is the 8% contraction in crop production during the year gone by. “The State is facing consecutive droughts. The drop in crop production is a result of that. Despite that, we have managed to keep the overall growth rate at more than that of the Indian economy,” said Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar. “We are expected to maintain the pace of the growth despite odds,” he said, adding that the real Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) is estimated to be ₹20,88,835 crore with expected growth of 7.5%. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has set a target to make Maharashtra a trillion dollar economy by 2025. Maharashtra is presently a $400 billion economy.The Opposition has raised doubts about the numbers quoted in the survey, and demanded a close scrutiny. Former chief minister and senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan flagged some doubts on the authenticity of figures and said the agricultural growth rate had been revised by almost 12%. “As per the Economic Survey of 2017-18, the estimated agriculture development rate was (-) 8.3%. In the present survey, it has been revised to 3.4%. It is impossible to have such a big change of almost 12%. The government should show proof of such drastic changes,” he said. Dhananjay Munde, the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council said there was a need to set up an “all-party members’ committee” for evaluation of the Economic Survey.According to the survey, the State witnessed average rainfall (84.3% of the normal) in 2017-18, 10.7 percentage points lower than 2016-17. Production of food grain, oilseeds and cotton decreased by about 15.1%, 17.7% and 43.3% respectively while that of sugarcane, fruits and vegetables increased by 53.3%, 10.3% and 17% respectively. The survey estimates the growth rate of mining & quarrying and manufacturing sectors within the industry as 2.9% and 7.1% for 2018-19, up from 7.2% and 7.7% in 2017-18. Mr. Mungantiwar said that the State has registered growth in per capita income during 2018-19 at ₹1,91,827 from ₹1,76,102 of 2017-18. The State however, ranks at number three behind Karnataka and Telangana nationally.last_img read more