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Jonglei urges people to embark on food production despite security fears

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April 10,2012 (BOR) - Jonglei State governor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, has announced the start of agricultural season and urged the state’s citizens to embark on food production across the conflict-affected state.

Young boy smiles at the newly harvested sorghum in Kuoingo village, Bor County, Jonglei, South Sudan. September 16, 2011 (ST)

Manyang said Tuesday that insufficient food production in the state was a cause of cattle raiding, abductions and revenge attacks that have blighted South Sudan’s largest state.

Cattle raids using small arms are common in Jonglei but peaks in violence in June and August last year left over 1,000 dead. Attacks over Christmas and New Year displaced over 100,000 people, many of whom are yet to return to their lands in remote areas.

In mid-March, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir launched a state-wide disarmament process, which is being carried out by a 15,000 army and police force.

"One of the challenges facing both the government of the state and the government of South Sudan and our people of South Sudan is the shortage of food because food is important for people to live", said Manyang.

Increased food production will reduce conflict in Jonglei, the governor said. "It is only when we farm, produce our own food that is when we will be peaceful".

Manyang said the all the officials working for the government should use their weekend’s for farming. To increase food production Jonglei’s ministry of agriculture has purchased 18 tractors, which can be hired by farmers to plough their farms at low cost.

However, the governor noted that the 18 tractors "are not enough to all the people in Jonglei. But the ministry of agriculture will have to avail them to citizens who will pay monye and have their farms cultivated".

Security fears have meant that many of the 120,000 people affected by the violence in December and January have not returned from the towns, where they sought shelter, to the remote areas where they live.

Communities fear that once the South Sudan army (SPLA) leaves an area having disarmed its population they will be vulnerable to attack from neighbouring groups.

(ST)

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  • 11 April 2012 07:36, by Waucity

    Listen to your governor people, you will be glad you did, Jonglei is the largest state and when you are big, you act responsible...We in the western world would like to import dora from Jonglei, to here..You will be rich soon...Go Jonglei!!!

  • 11 April 2012 07:41, by Waucity

    I also suggest that Government of Jonglei State should established few of its farms also, as this is a good way to generate state income...

    • 11 April 2012 08:56, by Ruach

      Wau City,
      Dura or sorghum can not be exported to West,but to neighbouring African countries.The only thing that will be xported to u there are Horticultural commodities and cattle products.But Murle need more training for the production of food crops in addition to effectively use their cattle they had stolen from their neighbours.I don’t oppose growing sorghum,but it will be cereals vs Horticult

      • 11 April 2012 10:04, by Waucity

        Rauch, if there is market for dora, then why not...There is no problem against dora, just as long as Southern Sudanese are interested in it, then there is a market for it..Thanks

  • 11 April 2012 10:08, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    Bravo Gov.but will these parasites call murles accept to settle in their land and till i doubt the rest of the communities can do as it is their way of living but these idiots will not

  • 11 April 2012 13:13, by manyang mawech

    There are/were migrants between neighbour communities that share border such as many Dinka are in Nuer and many Nuer are in Dinka.. why not Murle do the same as those communities? If there is any Jabe is available could answer that question please.
    Please governor Kuol talks to those who know how grow leave those who don’t.

    • 11 April 2012 14:00, by Loko El Pollo

      YOU DON’T HAVE TO COME TO THE VILLAGES TO CULTIVATE IF YOU LIVE IN BORTOWN.THERE ARE EMPTY JUNGLES BETWEEN TEBEK AND GABHOOR.JUST FENCE AN AREA AND START CULTIVATING.WE ARE BLESS WITH WIDE FERTILE LAND.



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