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Lakes state governor calls for increased agricultural production


May 17, 2012 (JUBA) - The governor of Lakes state, Chol Tong Mayay, has declared every Friday during this rain season as a half working day at all level in state government institutions, in order for employees to join their respective families in cultivating the land.

Chol Tong Mayay, governor of Lakes state, July 9, 2011 (ST)

Mayay made the announcement during the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) 29th anniversary day celebrations at Rumbek’s Freedom Square on Wednesday.

There is a worsening food crisis due to insecurity, an influx of refugees and failed crops. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) have said that “If conflict continues to cause major population displacements and food prices keep rising, the report estimates that the number of people who are severely food-insecure could double.”

The FAO-WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment report shows that for 2012, 4.7 million people in South Sudan will be food-insecure. This is an increase of 1.4 million since last year.

“It is now time for every government constitutional post-holder to go to his or her farm every Friday in the afternoon – this is time for the Lakes state people to dismiss hunger [...] through cultivation,” said Mayay.

The directive also instructs state government employees to continue their private work in gardens on Saturdays and Sundays.

This year, the government of Lakes state has prioritised agriculture, education, security, health and infrastructure as key areas to be improved before the 2015 election. Mayay also urged the public to be self-reliant and cautioned youth against getting involved in tribal conflict and cattle theft.

Lakes state has been subject to significant insecurity, often in cattle rustling along ethnic fault lines. In February the vice president of South Sudan, Riek Machar together with governor of Lakes, Unity and Warrap states all converged in Lakes state to discuss cattle rustling and border issues affecting neighbouring counties.


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  • 18 May 2012 06:55, by peaceful south

    2 Thessalonians 3:10 : For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule:" if a man will not work, he shall not eat"

    Well said Mr. Governor, but stop firing state servants at will. If you must do it, follow the constitution.

    Other governors should echo the same. AGRICULTURE and not OIL
    is the backbone of South Sudan.

    • 18 May 2012 08:08, by Malou Manyiel

      Mr. governor,

      I appreciated you very much for such decisive decision. This year hunger will be felt and it is a result of our people’s ignorance of refusing homes’ activities but engaged themselves in negative things like tribal conflicts and enter-clan conflicts which earns them nothing but lost of lives.

    • 18 May 2012 08:21, by Malou Manyiel


      I would advice you also to tell Lakes State lawmakers to maker it clear to our people that whoever kill a person while in his garden must face consequences including death penalty. Such killings are subjecting people to poverty. Example of such cases happened in the past years which should not be tolerated this time.

  • 18 May 2012 07:55, by Martin Kat

    I am much appreciated for the announcement made by governor Chol Tong redarding cultivating the food. It is a good move for the people of Lakes state. The people of Lakes state have ready started growing enough food almost 5 years. Now women, men and young people all over Lakes state are cultivating during rainy season. Warrap, North B and western B must take the example from people of Lake.

    • 18 May 2012 08:13, by Loko El Pollo


  • 18 May 2012 08:16, by Waucity

    give refuges land to cultivate too...This will help them, we will not allow them to die in our land, after this was the land they fought for during war...Give them land and seeds, thanks.

    • 18 May 2012 08:31, by Malou Manyiel

      Wau city,

      There has never been a person complaining of having no land to cultivate in Lakes State. Even you, when you want a land to cultivate, you will get it, so long you have seeds and tools for cultivation.

  • 18 May 2012 08:42, by John Gum

    u re still talking of insecurity,u like insecurity so bad as an opprotunity to mess.no budget no budget b’se oil shut down............................no budget b’se of insecurity.you want to finish your term talking of insecuriy?????helig now becoming an other language even those who have not fire the gun since they were born.

  • 18 May 2012 10:08, by 4Justice

    Take a piece of okra and split it into two, what do you see? seeds right! how many? let’s say eight of them. Good now take the seeds and plant them in your back yard. How easy is that!

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