Home | News    Saturday 25 August 2007

Floods threaten food supplies in Sudan’s east-FAO

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 24, 2007 (KASSALA) — Sudan’s worst flooding in living memory is threatening food supplies in the eastern state of Kassala, an official with the U.N. food agency said.

"The floods caused severe damage to the agricultural sector and this will affect food security in many dimensions," said Wegdan Abdel Rahman, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) team leader in Kassala.

The state bordering Eritrea was hit when the River Gash burst its banks, washing away crops, ruining hundreds of wells and damaging large swathes of arable land. Agriculture is the mainstay of Kassala’s economy.

Fruit and vegetables may soon be in short supply in Kassala and neighbouring states, officials said.

Officials have described this year’s floods, which have killed some 90 people across Sudan and destroyed more than 70,000 homes, as the worst in living memory.

Kassala state Agriculture Minister Majzoub Abu Moussa said the floods ruined 1,900 acres (650 hectares) prepared for planting fruit and vegetables.

"The farmers suffered heavy losses and many still cannot return to their farms," Abu Moussa told reporters.

Past flooding had led to a deterioration in the fertility of the land. "The water comes with sand and not silt," Abdel Rahman said.

In the small village of Tamis, near the Eritrean border, farmer Ali Soliman Daffallah said the Gash submerged 260 acres of agricultural land.

"We have never seen anything like this," he said.

In 2003 the level of the Gash reached 2.7 meters.

"This year, it rose to more than three meters," said Abdul Rahim Saleh, an official with the irrigation ministry.

Some farmers are considering quitting farming, Daffallah said. FAO said it was trying to encourage them to stay.

"FAO is launching an appeal to secure funds for these farmers," said Abdel Rahman. The agency has received $300,000 so far that will be used to purchase new tools and seeds.

Some of the funds will also help repair wells that farmers use to store water for the dry season, and the irrigation system which has collapsed as a result of the flooding.

(Reuters)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Wedding in Juba - How can you tell if a bridegroom works for Nilepet? 2017-02-24 05:25:41 By Deng Kiir Akok The Nile Petroleum Corporation is a national Oil and Gas Corporation, which engages in oil exploration, production and marketing. Famous for its abbreviation Nilepet has been a (...)

Bashir’s congratulation for Trump remains double-edged sword 2017-02-21 08:47:41 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This is a note to the readers of this article about my use of the phrase double-edged sword. It means that Omar al-Bashir’s Speedy congratulation offer to Donald Trump (...)

South Sudan: Why ’NO’ for peace and ’YES’ for war 2017-02-20 20:45:12 By Tor Madira Machier The region and the International community has been on a campaign in a bid to end the civil war in South Sudan right after its inception in December 2013, yet the very (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) 2017-02-08 21:49:09 Sudan Democracy First Group Militias of Bashir’s Regime and the Proxy War (1) War in the Blue Nile: Militias in the hunt of refugees and displaced population Introduction Throughout its rule, (...)

More refugees flee to Uganda than across Mediterranean 2017-01-25 09:15:39 January 25, 2017 Uganda welcomed more refugees last year than the total number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean into Europe. “Europe should learn from the way Uganda and other (...)

Carter Center welcomes new regulations on humanitarian affairs 2017-01-12 07:53:16 The Carter Center ATLANTA, Januarg 11, 2017 – The Carter Center welcomes the recent regulations issued by the government of Sudan aimed at facilitating humanitarian relief throughout the country (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.