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October 27, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese ministry of agriculture has announced it intends to bring foreign farmers to work in the country.

According to the minister of agriculture, Abdel-Halim Al-Mut’afi, the decision was prompted by the fact that many Sudanese farmers had deserted their profession and shifted to gold-mining.

Al-Mut’afi, who made the announcement while addressing the parliament on Wednesday, said that a large number of farmers in the Northern State and Nile River State had flocked to gold-mining areas and are no longer working.

He added that this phenomenon suggests the necessity of seeking foreign employees to cover the deficit.

In mid-December 2010, the ministry of agriculture said it would sign an agreement with its Egyptian counterpart to develop one million acre of the famous Gezira Scheme in central Sudan.

The deal, which opened the door for Egyptian farmers to own lands in Sudan, was however scrapped after protests from the Union of Sudanese Farmers.

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  • 28 October 2011 18:23, by Deng Ateny Lueth

    I don’t think those Egyptian are coming as farmers, North Want to settle them in Darfur Territory, Nuba Mountain, and Blue Nile. and it used flocking of Sudanese farmers as a pretext to bring in Arabs who been Pushing African off their ancestral homes for centuries.

    • 28 October 2011 22:25, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Deng Ateny Lueth,

      I agree with you 110 percent, your comments hit the nail on the head. North Sudan has been doing this for 40 years. These are not farmers, they to replacement to the citizen of the states you have mentioned. God help these people in their states.

      Elijah

    • 28 October 2011 22:41, by Bush man

      My dear, you put it right. They want to bring in more miseriyas from Egypt so that they can fill up the country with all Arab and get rid of Africans in the Sudan. This is the same project which failed in jonglei state in the form of canal.



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