Khartoum, (Conference Bulletin) – The paper on the ” biological means for combating desertification by use of shelterbelts, presented by Dr. Nuha Ahmed Mutwali of the Agricultural Research Centre in Soba, has recommended growing Laoat, Sayal and Marak…Read more
Participants in the First Environment Conference: Disappearance of Green Belt around Khartoum brought by lack of pre-planning of land uses
Khartoum, 13 March (SUNA) – Participants in the sessions of the Khartoum environment conference argued that lack of green belt around Khartoum was a reflection of the lack of pre-planning uses of land in the country.The participants who were discussing…Read more
JUBA (13 Mar.)
William Othon Awer, appointed governor of the proposed Western Nile state in South Sudan’s Upper Nile, has issued several orders appointing members of his cabinet, advisors and county commissioners.
Othon, according to orders announced by South Sudan Television Friday, appointed Nyiber Okoth Awin as his deputy, Olwak Okec as minister of law enforcement agencies and local government, Daniel Thabo Obwang as minister of education, gender and social welfare, Angelo Gwang as the minister of information, and Othom Rago Ajak as finance minister and public services.
Meanwhile, Othon appointed Opal Adwok Amum as minister of agriculture and forestry, Peter Jalyath Severio minister of physical infrastructure and Gabriel Jogo as the minister of health.
A separate order appointed James Olam Nyakayo as Panyikang county commissioner, Mary KonyJwok chairperson for relief and rehabilitation commissioner. Victor Onon Laach, according to another order, was named security advisor, Mark Nyikang Yor as political advisor, and Adeljiza Nyanyaw Kur as advisor for peace and reconciliation.Read more
Some French companies have expressed desire to invest in the field of agro animal in Sudan , reported local media quoting senior government officials in the ministry of agriculture and animal resources in Khartoum state after a visit to France . Minist…Read more
According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), four million people in Sudan will be at crisis levels of food insecurity or worse in 2016. Farmers in El Nahud and Ghibeish localities in West Kordofan complain about a substantial decline in the production of ground nuts last season.
A farmer told Radio Dabanga from El Nahud that the production of a mukhamas [840 square metres] of ground nuts has decreased from 15 to 20 [100kg] sacks to two to four sacks because of the use of local seeds and poor rainfall last year.
He said that the farmers have called on “the agricultural bodies in the state” to provide them with improved seeds before the start of the upcoming agricultural season.
According to the FEWS NET Food Security Outlook Report for February 2016, the below-average agricultural production in 2015, expected high staple food prices, very poor pasture conditions, and continued conflict in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile states are leading to greater food insecurity this year.
Between March and September, more than four million people will be in crisis levels of food insecurity or worse.
Conflict-related disruptions to agricultural production, livelihood activities, and markets will also drive displaced people and poor households in areas controlled by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan into emergency levels of food insecurity, especially by the start of lean season in March 2016.
In Darfur, displaced people affected by conflict in Jebel Marra will also most likely reach emergency levels of food insecurity, OCHA reports in its latest bulletin.
Preliminary findings of the 2015-2016 annual Crop and Food Supply Mission indicate that the national 2015-2016 cereal production is about 25 percent below the recent five-year average, which is in part due to El Niño-related dryness in eastern surplus-producing areas.
Imports and above average carry-over stocks from 2014-2015 are substantially reinforcing cereal availability at the national level.
However, in western Sudan, below-average production and poor market integration with eastern and central Sudan are likely to lead to significant staple food price increases. The below-average cereal production is of particular concern in parts of Darfur, North and West Kordofan, White Nile State, and eastern Sudan’s Kassala and Red Sea states.
Moreover, pasture availability is estimated to be 40 to 60 percent below-average nationally, leading to large sales of livestock at below-average prices, which is expected to continue through June, FEWS NET states. Very poor households in these areas are likely to exhaust their food stocks by the end of February and by March will experience crisis levels of food insecurity.Read more