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Establishment of Skill School in Textile Sector in Nigeria & Malawi

12 - April – 2013

Nigeria has experience of developed textile and apparel industry. In order to revitalize and reposition the industry, the Federal Government of Nigeria has embarked on several reform policies and programmes. In view the ability of the sector to offer large scale employment and livelihood opportunities, a state-of-art ‘Skill Schools in Textile Sector’ has been proposed to be established under the aegis of Cotton Technical Assistance Programme. The training institute is envisaged to provide opportunities to acquire modern skills in operating textile machines and material manufacturing.

The Federal Government of Nigeria through the co-coordinating Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has identified Kaduna State as the potential site for establishment of the ‘Skill School’. Kaduna is one of the leading states in Cotton production and is hubs for textile industry in Nigeria.

An expert team from IL&FS Clusters visited the Kaduna State on April 12, 2013 for meetings with Honorable Governor of State H.E. Mr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and other government officials for discussion on the same. The team was led by Dr. Milan Sharma Head, Africa Initiatives and Industry Research, IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited. The delegation was accompanied Senator Walid Jibri, Secretary, PDP Board of Trustees and Mr. H.A.Kwajaffa, Chairman Textile Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and key officials from coordinating ministry.

Fact Finding Workshop conducted in Nigeria, Benin & Chad for Cotton TAP activity of Advisory Support

8 - March – 2013

Cotton has special significance, particularly, for the participating African as it is the basic raw material for the textile industry and for export. In order for the sector to realize its full potential, it is essential to develop comprehensive strategies addressing the complementary facets along the value chain. The success of Indian Cotton & Textile Industry can be partly attributed to the enabling policy environment and schemes being implemented by the Government of India in the upstream as well as the downstream cotton based industry. Drawing on success of India’s experience, the Cotton TAP activity of Advisory Support to Ministry/Department dealing with Cotton to ‘Design Schemes to Promote the Cotton Value Chain’ aims at assisting the participating countries in formulating/strengthening of cotton and textile sector policies and programmes.

A detailed study and assessment of cotton and textile industry in each of the participating countries is proposed to be conducted in 2 phases. Nigeria, Benin and Chad are being covered during the 1st phase and Burkina Faso, Malawi and Uganda would be covered during the next phase proposed to be undertaken in May 2013. An expert team from IL&FS Clusters visited the 1st phase countries during February 20- March 7, 2013 for collection of data / information, meetings and stakeholder consultations. The team that visited Nigeria was led by Mr. RCM Reddy, CEO and Managing Director of IL&FS Clusters. The team had interactions with various Government departments & agencies, industry organizations/ associations, research institutes and individual entrepreneurs. Besides, the team also had consultation meetings with various officials & agencies in India to assess policy models/frameworks that have helped development of the sector in India.

Training of Trainers' Programme on Organic Cotton for Uganda

25 - January – 2013

A 5-day training programme for scientists from Uganda was conducted during 21-25 January 2013 at the regional sub-station of Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR) in Coimbatore. The total of 6 trainees joined for the 5-day training programme.

The programme comprised interactive classroom presentations, discussions & guest lectures, field visits, industrial visits and study tours. Some of the key components covered under the training course included – exposure to organic Cotton cultivation in India; Organic seed production in cotton; certification procedures, cotton fibre quality evaluation, Integrated crop management in organic cotton (INM, IPM, IWM) using biological control measure; demonstration of promising cotton technologies etc.

Regional Training / Exposure Programme on Post Harvest Management & Value Addition of Crop Residues

25 - January – 2013

The training programme on ‘Post Harvest Management & Value Addition of Crop Residues’ was organised during 12-25 January 2013 by Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT) at Ginning Training Centre (GTC) Nagpur and CIRCOT headquarter in Mumbai. A total of 31 trainees joined for the 15 day long training programme. The programme intended to enhance capacities of Government R & D, production & extension professionals of participating countries for Post-harvest management and utilisation of crop residues.

The Inaugural Session was chaired by Honourable Chief Guest Dr. K. K. Singh, ADG (Process Engg. ICAR), Guest of Honour Dr. Dipak Sarkar (Director, NBSS&LUP), Dr. S.K. Chattopadhyay (Director, CIRCOT), Dr.P.G. Patil (Course Coordinator, CIRCOT), Dr. Blaise Desouza (Head, Crop Production, CICR), Representative from PMA, Industry Representatives and Officials from CIRCOT

The programme comprised of interactive classroom presentations, discussions & guest lectures, field visits, industrial visits and study tours. Some of the key components covered under the training course included - technology interventions in cotton harvesting, classing, processing and value addition; contaminants effect on quality of cotton; harvesting and storage practises to reduce/prevent contamination; sharing of Indian experience in design and construction of equipments for material handling; economics of ginning technologies; packaging machinery for bale; assessment of quality of lint by HVI and AFIS system; supply chain management and utilization of cotton stalk for particle board preparation; scientific processing of cottonseed etc.

Exposure Visit for the Policy Makers in Cotton Sector Development

14 - December – 2012

An “Exposure visit for the African Policy Makers” was organised by IL&FS Clusters Development Initiative Limited (IL&FS Clusters) during December 10-14, 2012. Each country was represented by senior level Government official engaged in cotton sector development. A total of 20 delegates joined for the programme from various participating countries.

The objective of the programme was to provide a platform for the policy makers in participating African countries to have interactions with Indian decision makers across the cotton and textile value chain to enable them to adopt the best practices in the policy for cotton development in the respective countries. The programme included one-day conference, technical tours and meetings with the cotton and textile stakeholders.

The Inaugural Session of the Conference held on 10th December 2012 was chaired by Mr. Sudhanshu Pandey, Joint Secretary Department of Commerce and co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Andre SANRA, Ambassador of Benin in India. The conference was also attended by Ambassadors/Representatives from embassies of the participating African countries and key representatives from Government of India’s Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Textile, External Affairs, implementing institutions including Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Department of Agriculture & Co-operation (DAC). Other associated institutions like National Centre for Integrated Pest Management (NCIPM, ICAR), Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) also attended the conference.

During the visit the delegation was exposed to the growth story of cotton & textile sector development in India, technological advances & policy environment. While key decision makers and representatives from Africa & India came together to converse on effective policies and strategies, the programme also provided an opportunity to build and explore the committed partnership between India & Africa. The Exposure visit for policy makers concluded with an Annual Review & signing of TAP agreement between Programme Management Agency (IL&FS Clusters) & Host Countries of Benin & Uganda.

Regional Training Program - Modern Cotton Production Technology

22 - October 2012

The training programme on “"Modern Cotton Production Technology was conducted successfully at Central Institute for Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur during October 22 to November 3, 2012. A total of 32 participants nominated for this training joined for the 15 day long training programme. The programme objective was to orient the participants to the recent developments in cotton production and protection technologies and to provide the participants a hands-on experience of the technologies.

The Inaugural Session was attended by Dr P.K.Chakrabarthy (In charge Director of CICR), Dr.Blaise DeSouza (Training Programme Coordinator, CICR), Dr O.M Bambawale (Principal Scientist ,CICR & Former Director NCIPM), Dr. Milan Sharma (IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Ltd) and Dr. Jyothi (Senior Scientist, CIRCOT). The Inaugural programme was also attended by other members of CICR faculty. The Course coverage included lectures and practical sessions on various topics of GM cotton development, conservation agriculture, seed production, seed processing, GM detection, organic cotton, Integrated Water Management, Pest Management, Marker Assisted Breeding, Machinery-Post Harvest and Harvest, Value Chain etc. Duration of the programme was of 2 weeks which had 33 in-house sessions.

Regional Training Programme - New Dimensions in Agricultural Extension Management

24 - September -2012

The first training programme under Cotton Technical Assistance Progamme ‘New Dimensions in Agricultural Extension Management’ was organized by Directorate of Cotton Development (DoCD), Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture (Governement of India) at National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad (India) during September 10- 24, 2012. The training objective was to orient the participants to the new and emerging approaches to extension management in Cotton sector development and thereby facilitate the participants in developing alternative extension systems in their countries.

A total of 18 trainees from six participating African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda) joined for the 15-day long training programme. The nominated trainees represented researchers and extension officials from national-level agricultural research institutions, agro-industrial entities engaged in cotton production, government department and other cotton development organizations. The Inaugural Session was attended by Dr Anupam Barik (Additional Commissioner - Crops, Ministry of Agriculture), Shri SM Kolhatkar (Director, Directorate of Cotton Development, Mumbai), Dr Milan Sharma and A. Srivallabh (IL&FS Clusters). Dr P Chandra Shekara and Dr S Senthil (Course Directors) and other MANAGE Faculty members also attended the Inaugural session. The 15-day long training programme included classroom lectures, field visits, interactive meetings with Indian cotton farmers and industry stakeholders.

Cotton Technical Assistance Programme Launch Workshop Held in Malawi

3 - July - 2012

The Cotton Technical Assistance Programme was officially launched in Malawi on 3rd July 2012 by Honourable Deputy Minister of Agriculture & Food Security H.E. Mr. Jermoth Ulemu Chilapondwa at Blantyre. Other dignitaries present at the event included Dr. Jeffrey Luhanga Principal Secretary for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Patrick Khembo, Chairperson of Cotton Development Trust, and Representative on behalf of Chief Executive for Blantyre City Council. The launch programme was attended by stakeholders from across the value chain - Cotton Farmer Association, Ginners Association, Financial institutions, Textile Industry, Cotton Development Trust, Representatives from Agriculture Development Division & others.

H.E. Mr. Jermoth Ulemu Chilapondwa said that cotton has potential to provide livelihood opportunities to the people. He said that the Technical Assistance Programme will enhance the upstream & downstream capabilities of the cotton sector through capacity development and technology transfer activities.

IL&FS Clusters, the empanelled Project Management Agency (PMA) presented a detailed presentation highlighting the key features, components and activities of TAP. Post the programme launch, the delegation also visited the K.K Textiles Industry, Woget Cotton Ginning Co. & Woget Industries Ltd. (Manufacturers of Refined vegetable oil, Animal feed and laundry soap from cotton oil seed) & met the Cotton Growing Farmer near Neno.

Cotton Technical Assistance Programme Launch Workshop Held in Chad

31 - June - 2012

The Cotton Technical Assistance Programme was officially launched in Chad on 31st June 2012 by Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation, H.E. Dr. Djime Adoum. The delegation was accompanied by Mr. Saleh Barka, Administrateur au Consulat Honorarire de l’Inde au Tchad. H.E Dr. Djime Adoum, welcomed the initiative of the Indian Government and offered direct engagement of his office to co-ordinate the programme.

During the visit, Cotton TAP delegates also met Mr. Ibrahim Malloum, Director General, Nouvelle Société Textile du Tchad & Dr. Koye Djondang, Director Scientific, Institut Tchadien De Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement (ITRAD) and discussed the Cotton TAP programme in details. Mr. Ibrahim Malloum, appreciated designing of Technical Assistance Programme to assist the country as per their demand-driven needs. He also stated that the technical assistance from India has come at right time and that with sharing of India’s proven success in cotton & textile research, production & processing shall prove to be an effective tool to strengthen the sector in the country. Mr. Ibrahim thanked the delegation and assured required support and engagement for successful programme implementation.

IL&FS Clusters, the empanelled Project Management Agency (PMA) presented a detailed presentation highlighting the key features, components and activities of TAP. A copy of programme brochure along with activity schedule and a CD containing country-specific action plan, copy of presentation, brochure and fact sheet was provided to all for reference and perusal.

Cotton Technical Assistance Programme Launch Workshop Held in Uganda

28 - June - 2012

The Cotton Technical Assistance Programme was launched in Uganda on 28th June 2012 at Cotton House in Kampala by Mr. James Collins Dombo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture Animal industries and Fisheries, Govt of Uganda. The meeting was attended by the Indian delegation led by Dr. A.K Krishnakumar, Head - Agri, Rural Business & Livelihoods, IL&FS Clusters comprised of representatives from Programme Management Agency and CICR. The Indian High Commissioner to Uganda H.E. Mr. Soumen Ray was also present at the occasion.

Other dignitaries present at the event included acting High Commissioner of Uganda in India (New Delhi) H.E. Mr. Katureebe Tayebwa, Mrs. Elizabeth Tamale, Assistant Commissioner, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperative, Mr. Mwauja John, Senior Cotton Inspector, Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industries and Fisheries, Mr. Asaba Amooti Winyi, Head of Asia and Pacific Department, Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. Amdan Khan, Rwenzori Cotton Ginner & Member of Uganda Ginners Cotton and Exports Association, Yona Baguma, Senior Research Officer at National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), Mr. Ogen Bob Alberto, Manager at East Acholi Co-operative Union (EACU, farmer association), Mr. Owot Ongom Emmanuel, Director, Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Mr. Douglas, Seed Inspector, Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Dr. Serunjogi Lastus Katende, Plant Breeder/Technical Advisor, Cotton Development Organisation (CDO), Mrs. Lubwama Damalie, Agronomist, Cotton Development Organisation (CDO) and Mrs. Colline Nahurira, Research Associate, Cotton Development Organisation (CDO).

Mr. James Collins Dombo welcomed the Cotton TAP and informed that it conforms to the Five Year Agri Development Plan of Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries. Appreciating the specialized interventions for Uganda comprising training on Organic Cotton and establishment of Bio-pesticide unit, Mr. James Collins Dombo, reported the nation’s preparedness to begin the programme implementation. IL&FS Clusters, the empanelled Project Management Agency (PMA) gave a detailed presentation on the Programme and explained each activity in detail. All participants expressed that revival of cotton sector in country as a matter of national significance.

The delegation also met Honourable Professor Zerubabeeri Nyira, Minister of State for Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries.

The delegation visited Tororo Campus of Busitema University. The Busitema University offers an exclusive graduation and diploma course on Ginning and Textile Engineering.

Cotton Technical Assistance Programme Launch Workshop Held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

28 - May - 2012

The continuing its commitment to boost the cotton sector in Africa, IL&FS Clusters launched the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on 28th May 2012. The programme was launched by H.E. Mr. Patiende Arthur Kafando - Hon’ble Minister, Commerce and Promotion of Enterprises and Craftsman.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, the chief guest Hon’ble Mr. Mbatna Bandjang, Ambassador of Chad Mission in Burkina acknowledged the assistance extended by India to Cotton - 4 nations. Reiterating the significance of cotton in participating countries, he also said that the successful implementation of Cotton TAP in the region shall help them to make the sector vibrant and competitive. The launch was also attended by various participants from the cotton sector.

Following the launch, the Cotton TAP delegation also held meetings with Hon’ble Mr. Gnissa Isaie Konate, Minister for Scientific Research and Innovation, Hon. Mr. Vincent Zakane, Deputy Minister in Charge of Regional Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation and Hon. Mr. Lawrence Gouindé SEDOGO, Minister of Agriculture, Water & Water Resources.

Cotton Technical Assistance Programme Launch Workshop Held in Nigeria

25 - May - 2012

The Cotton Technical Assistance Programme was officially launched in Abuja (Nigeria) on 25th May 2012 by H.E. Mr. Bukar Tijani, Honourable Minister of State for Agriculture & Rural Development. The delegation was accompanied by H.E. Shri Mahesh Sachdev, High Commissioner of India in Nigeria and Mr. Suresh K Makhijani, Counsellor, High Commission of India in Nigeria. The meeting was also attended by officials from the Ministry of Trade and Investment and department of rural development.

The Honourable Minister welcomed the Programme and informed that the resurrection of cotton industry in Nigeria is amongst the primary agendas for national level transformation programmes. He also complimented the Indian Government for the initiative and assured full support for the Programmme

The Cotton TAP Programme delegates also met Honourable Minister of Trade and Investment, H.E. Mr. Olusegun Aganga. H.E. Shri Mahesh Sachdev, High Commissioner and Mr. Suresh K Makhijani, Counsellor, High Commission of India in Nigeria also accompanied the delegation. The other participants from the Ministry of Trade and Investment included Mr. Mahmud A. Mahmud, Deputy Director Commodities, Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment, Ms. Omololu Bunmi Ope-Ewe, Deputy Director Commodities, Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment, Mr. Alhaji Psah.H, CTO, Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment, Hajia A.I. Abu, PCO, Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment and Pitan Adebayo, CO II, Federal Ministry of Trade & Investment.

IL&FS Clusters, the empanelled Project Management Agency (PMA) gave a detailed presentation on the Programme and explained each activity in detail. All participants expressed that revival of cotton sector in country as a matter of national significance. They appreciated the efforts render for designing the programme activities specific to needs of the country. A Programme brochure along with activity schedule and a CD containing country-specific Action Plan, copy of presentation, brochure and fact sheet was provided to each participant.

Cotton Technical Assistance Programme Launch Workshop Held in Benin

23 - May - 2012

The Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) was officially launched in Benin on 23rd May 2012 by H.E. Mr. KATE Sabai, Honourable Ministre de l'Agriculture, de l'Élevage et de la Pêches (MAEP) de la République du Bénin/Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.

The launch programme was attended by representatives from Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries & National Society for Agriculture Promotion (SONAPRA). Other delegates at the launch ceremony included Mr. Hodonou Assogba, Directeur de la Programmation et de la Prospective (DPP) du Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Elevage et de la Pêches, Benin, Mr. Bako Idrissou, Director General, Société Nationale pour la Promotion Agricole (SONAPRA), Mr. Essouman Henry, Assistant du Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Elevage et de la Pêches, Bénin, Mme. Kpohazaunde Victorine, Conseiller technique du Ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Elevage et de la Pêches, Bénin, Mr. Yanga Sabi Alphonse, Diplomate, Direction de l'Asie et l'Océanie(DASOC) du Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, Bénin, Mr. Damien Yvon Zonon, Direction de la Programmation et de la Prospective du Ministère de l'Agriculture de l'Elevage et de la Pêche (DPP/MAEP)/ Department of Programming and Forecasting.

Hon'ble Minister expressed appreciation to Government of India for rendering efforts to design and implement the TAP initiative in the country. He welcomed the delegation from India and informed that development of sector is crucial for Benin. IL&FS Clusters, the empanelled Project Management Agency (PMA) presented a detailed presentation highlighting the key features, components and activities of TAP. Noting the contents of the Programme, the Minister stated that the technical assistance would help them to improve the competitiveness of the sector.

Cotton Technical Assistance Programme launched at the 2nd India-Africa Trade Ministers Meet

17-Mar-2012

The Minister for Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Shri Anand Sharma launched the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (Cotton TAP) for Africa during the 2nd India-Africa Trade Ministers’ Meet on 17th March 2012 in New Delhi. The Meet was Co chaired by Dr. Maxwell M. Mkwezalamba, Commissioner for Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission and attended by Trade and Commerce Ministers, Ambassadors / High Commissioners of African countries.

The Programme was announced under the auspices of 2nd India Africa Forum Summit held in Addis Ababa in May 2011. The India –Africa Forum Summit is a vital instrument of Government of India’s political and economic engagement with Africa. The Programme is to be undertaken in Cotton-4 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali) Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda and is to be implemented during 2012-14. The Programme is aimed at enhancing capacities in cotton sector in the identified countries through various interventions related to capacity building and technology transfer.

The Programme will be implemented by premier institutions under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Directorate for Cotton Development and IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited which has also been engaged for implementation, overall coordination and monitoring of the Programme. Shri Anand and Dr. Maxwell also launched the website (www.cottontapafrica.org) on this occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Rajeev Kher, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry stressed that India is suitably placed to provide cotton development assistance to Africa as it is 2nd largest producer of cotton in the world and has a strong cotton textile and apparel supply chain with well developed competencies in technology, R&D and extension.

Reiterating Government of India’s commitment in partnering with Africa to further their endeavour to ensure inclusive growth the Cotton TAP will improve the scientific skill sets of over 3000 farmers, senior scientists and technical professionals engaged in the cotton sector and will also help create critical knowledge infrastructure that would help the countries move up the value chain thereby ensuring a sustainable development model.

Cotton prices touch record high levels

January 13, 2011 Uganda: Prices of cotton have registered record high levels owing to the growing prospects of better earnings for cotton growers and enhancement in the export earnings this year. Cotton prices increased to sh1600 from sh900 per kg a year ago because the cotton stocks started getting depleted owing to low supply of the raw material and a strong demand.

The high prices of cotton prevailing in the markets will encourage the cotton growers to cultivate more cotton. The rise in cotton prices is largely attributed to the increase in global demand for cotton. Dearth of cotton in other countries has helped the cotton sector to flourish in Uganda.

Natural calamities have adversely affected the top cotton producing countries of the world – the US, China and Pakistan. India, which is the world’s second biggest cotton producer, has set a ceiling on cotton exports in order to encourage the domestic consumer demands and reinforce its domestic textile sector.

Cotton production is expected to double this year. In spite of the untimely drought that has hit the entire south-western region; the country is expected to produce 130,000 bales of cotton from 70,000 bales last year.

The cotton sector of Uganda is coming back to stability, particularly after the peace restoration in northern part of the country, which was known for cotton production. Further, the cotton regulatory body has extended its support to the cotton growers by providing them with high-quality seeds as well as pesticides at reasonable prices. Development of the spinning as well as textile industry will create further demand for raw cotton. This will further raise the cotton prices.

The Pan African Meeting on Cotton

June 27, 2011 Benin:

The Pan African Meeting on Cotton 2011 is a response to both the request of the African cotton producing countries made at the Multi-stakeholder Meeting\on Cotton organised by UNCTAD's Secretary-General in Geneva on 2 December 2008. At this first meeting, the African states requested that UNCTAD organize a second gathering of all stakeholders of the cotton sectors to discuss solutions to the challenges faced by the African states dependent on cotton exports.

The Pan African Meeting on Cotton is in line with mandate of UNCTAD to address the links between international commodity trade and national development .It is financially supported by the Common Fund for Commodities and the European Union.

This initiative will build on the existing national and regional strategies for the cotton sectors, as well as the EU-Africa Partnership Action Framework on cotton. The meeting will bring together representatives of regional economic communities, government officials, producer organizations, national industries, and international buyers, as well as development partners from international and bilateral organisations.

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD Mali President Sees Cotton-Seed Production Increasing by 67% This Season Mali expects to increase cotton-seed production by 67 percent this year after the government introduced incentives to boost output, President Amadou Toumani Toure said. Production may increase to 500,000 metric tons in the 2011- 12 season that has just started and ends in February, compared with an annual average of 300,000 tons over the past five years, Toure told reporters yesterday in Bamako, the capital.

Cotton is Mali’s second-biggest foreign-exchange earner, after gold. Last month, Toure announced the government would purchase the fiber from growers at 225 CFA francs (49 cents) per kilogram (2.2 pounds), compared with 185 francs last year. The state will also subsidise farming inputs including fertilizer, Toure said.

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