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Research by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences could help Georgia’s watermelon growers produce sweeter results.UGA vegetable horticulturalist Tim Coolong conducts variety trial testing on watermelons as part of his work on the UGA Tifton Campus. He is researching the productivity and quality of multiple watermelon varieties tested at different locations and in various conditions statewide. Georgia farmers transport the bulk of the state’s watermelon crop in bin containers, so they rely on Coolong’s research to tell them how different varieties stack up. If a sweeter, more productive melon is developed that also meets farmers’ demands, they’ll be more likely to embrace Coolong’s research.Last year’s seedless watermelon varieties trials yielded promising results, Coolong said. The seedless melons produced excess fruit with decent size, very good quality and little hollow heart, which can downgrade a watermelon’s marketability. “We really like to see how the varieties break down as far as 36-count, 45-count. Size of the 36-count melons is usually about 18 pounds to about 21 pounds on average. A lot of our growers really need that information if their contract is primarily for 36-count fruit,” he said. “If a farmer’s contract is for 45-count fruit, they need to know if this variety will produce a majority percent of the fruit in the 45-count range.”Strengthened by an almost $144 million farm gate value in 2013, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia’s watermelon crop tops the state’s list of most productive vegetables. Watermelons accounted for 14.4 percent of the state’s vegetable crop, topping bell peppers, sweet corn and onions. Georgia’s top 10 watermelon-producing counties by value are Berrien, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Dooly, Telfair, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth, all of which are located in south Georgia.Coolong credits south Georgia watermelon farmers for the rise in the crop. “If you could pick one vegetable that’s grown over a wide area in south Georgia, it would be watermelon. It’s grown in Dooly County, down to Lowndes County, over to Wheeler and into Toombs County,” Coolong said. “We have a lot of acres.”Georgia’s watermelon farmers will hear more about Coolong’s research and will receive updates about the watermelon industry at this week’s Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. Coolong is one of multiple UGA scientists and Extension agents who will speak at the event, set for Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 8-10.“This is the largest produce-related trade show and educational program in the Southeastern United States. It allows growers to network with colleagues, see new products and step in to any number of educational programs. Because of the diversity of programming at the conference, it allows growers to get updated on what they are already growing as well as attend sessions on different crops to see if they might want to grow something new,” Coolong said. read more
“If it is meant to convey one’s sense of enthusiasm for a certain situation […] or a certain product on social media, the usage doesn’t connote violence or bullying,” read the statement, which was posted on Komnas PA’s Instagram page, @komnasanak, on Saturday.However, the organization noted that anjay could also be used to verbally harass or humiliate others, in which case the speaker could be subject to legal sanctions in accordance with Law No. 35/2014 on child protection.“If the term anjay is used to reduce a person’s standing, it becomes a form of verbal violence and may be reported as a crime,” the commission said, adding that assessing multiple perspectives on the slang term was crucial given its popularity among young social media users.Komnas PA added that the use of anjay as an inside joke among close friends could be considered a simple expression of camaraderie. However, the word could take on a malicious meaning and therefore facilitate bullying if it was used against strangers or elders, the commission said. The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) had said that the use of the word anjay – a euphemistic form of the word anjing (dog), which is often used as a curse word – may be considered a form of criminal “verbal violence”. The assertion went viral over the weekend, eliciting parodies and mockery from social media users.A statement concerning the word signed by Komnas PA chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait and secretary general Dhanang Sasongko responded to a number of questions and complaints from distraught parents concerned about the widespread use of the word, especially its impact on children.The commission said the use of the word anjay had to be assessed from the speaker’s point of view, the place and situation in which it was used and the meaning the speaker wished to impart. Social media users have mocked Komnas PA’s statement, responding to the controversy with quips and puns.On Sunday afternoon, anjay was a national trending topic on Twitter.YouTube personality @kristoimmanuel joked that Indonesian actor Anjasmara might have to change his name because of its similarity to the word anjay.Breaking news: setelah anjay ilegal, Anjasmara khawatir harus ganti nama!— kristo kentang (@kristoimmanuel) August 30, 2020“Breaking news: after anjay becomes illegal, Anjasmara is worried he might have to change his name!” he tweeted.Another Twitter user, @handokotjung, imagined replacing certain lyrics of the iconic ballad “I Will Always Love You” with the controversial word.Kalau kata Anjay dilarang, gimana nasib lagu populer Whitney Houston yang liriknya ♪ anjaay will always love you ♫— Handoko Tjung (@handokotjung) August 30, 2020“If anjay is banned, what becomes of Whitney Houston’s popular song, whose lyrics go ‘Anjay will always love you’?’ he tweeted. (rfa)Topics : read more