Abyei agriculture ministry launches use of 15 tractors

ABYEI (12 Apr.)

Atem Nyok, Agriculture Minister in the disputed Abyei area between Sudan and South Sudan, said they will use the 15 new tractors that have arrived in Abyei from South Sudan’s capital Juba for this year’s agricultural season.

Nyok told Radio Tamazuj that five tractors were brought without ploughs. He pointed out that they launched their plan yesterday to use the donated traders for this year’s agricultural season.

The local official explained that they had directed Abyei farmers to form groups and prepare agricultural lands for cultivation so farmers can request the Ministry of Agriculture to give them the tractors.

Farmers in the disputed Abyei area previously told Abyei Today they should be allowed to control the use of 15 new tractors that have arrived in the area.

They said each tractor should be assigned to a different area, where farmers instead of the Agriculture Ministry could decide how it is used.

File photo: Tractors said to be donated by Salva Kiir in Wau, South Sudan

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