Agriculture Minister Appeals To Communities To Farm To Avoid Hunger
South Sudan’s Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, Kornelio Kun Ngun last Friday paid a visit to Imatong State to encourage the population continue with agricultural activities to prevent hunger.
A farmer tends his crops in Warrap State, South Sudan [Photo: Oxfam]
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 17 August 2016 [Gurtong] – He also said that agriculture will help stop the dependency syndrome on foreign aid if well utilized in South Sudan.
While in Toritto assess the region’s progress of work on the on-going government funded Green Horizon project run by Global Group, an international organisation from Israel, which started early this year appealed to the government of the State and the communities to offer land for agriculture.
He promised that the national government will establish agricultural banks that will support local farmers with numerous development opportunities including loans for their different projects.
Meanwhile, Imatong’s State Governor, Natrisio Loluke Manir welcomed interested investors in the agriculture sector to invest in his State adding that there is enough land for farming.
The Managing Director of the Global Group from the Israeli Company, Mr.Ofer Zuntz disclosed that their project is currently using locally available implements and heavy machineries. The Israeli Company has been granted a 15-year lease to undertake agricultural activities in Imatong State.
Zuntz disclosed that his project has four (4) components which include cultivation, community commercial farming, training and integration of war veterans in agriculture activities. Zuntz however noted that the biggest challenge they are facing is the inadequate rainfall that has been experienced this year.
In May this year, the Director General in the Agriculture Ministry in the State, Anna Itwari Felix disclosed that the company would spearhead food production in the area.