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March 23, 2013 (BOR) - Jonglei state’s minister of agriculture and forestry, Mayen Ngor, has pledged that his ministry is preparing to introduce measures to increase agricultural production this year.

The ministry will prioritise “strengthening institutional capacity” and to coordinate all activities in agriculture sectors, he said.

This year, Ngor said, the government of South Sudan has given agriculture a higher priority as an alternative driver of economic growth. South Sudan shutdown oil production last year as a result of a transit fee dispute with Sudan, resulting in the loss on 98% of government revenue.

“In 2013 we have a very strong strategy goal and objectives so that our people realise agriculture projects, programmes and productions so that we improve food production, food security, health and have good nitration and income,” Ngor told the press in Bor on Saturday.

The minister said that 90 percent of the people in South Sudan’s rural areas depend on farming. Food production needs to increase, he said, to also supply food to people living in towns.

Despite vast areas of arable land South Sudan has to import much of its food.

The ministry of agriculture and forestry has recruited and deployed personnel to Jonglei’s counties to help farmers increase the productivity of their farms, the minister said.

“They are to go where the farmers are at the Bomas [sub-district] level and at the farms level so that they can change the attitudes and skills so that the farmers produce well in 2013,” Ngor said.

Every county in Jonglei state has 26 extension workers and agriculturalists, holding degrees or diplomas, according to the minister.

“As I am taking to you now they are sensitising and mobilising all the stockholders in the counties”, he said.

“They have now organised themselves into three clusters together with the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) staff who are technically supporting state ministry of agriculture,” he continued.

He said they have one team in greater Fangak, a second team in greater Akobo and the third team in greater Bor. Next they will take the programme to Pibor, Boma and Pochalla.

(ST)

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  • 24 March 2013 07:45, by wang

    They made too many promises on food productions, but none was never accomplished, although I like the ideas the Minister of agriculture has brought up, growing enough food at Jongelei State will stop those who selling their kids in exchange of poultry and maize to Murle. And if they could achieve that food productions proposal, it would be the end of child abduction and tribal conflicts across who

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    • 24 March 2013 08:14, by Tutbol

      We need more Mayen Ngor in our South Sudan. People who put South Sudanese first than their bellies. Our people have lands which our people sincerely sacrificed their precious lives to liberate for us; and the reason as to why we continue to ask for food from other nations is quite disturbing! I love this Dinka saying " thön aci rót lony ke yín col löi" which >>>

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      • 24 March 2013 12:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        Mayen Ngor is doing his job well,he can be let down if nobody is willing to toil and reap.our people don’t want to cultivate there land to produce their own food.instead they are flocking back to the camps citing insecurity as a pretext for laziness.

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  • 24 March 2013 18:10, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No doubt, Sudan Tribune becomes the enemy of unity for Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes. They do it intentional with their cheating no names reporters. This is partial of that...."third team in greater Bor..." They truly know this one part is not acceptable by Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes and they still using it to to makes dis-unity.

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  • 24 March 2013 18:11, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No doubt, Sudan Tribune becomes the enemy of unity for Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes. They do it intentional with their cheating no names reporters. This is partial of that...."third team in greater Bor..." They truly know this one part is not acceptable by Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes and they still using it to to makes dis-unity.

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  • 24 March 2013 18:11, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No doubt, Sudan Tribune becomes the enemy of unity for Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes. They do it intentional with their cheating no names reporters. This is partial of that...."third team in greater Bor..." They truly know this one part is not acceptable by Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes and they still using it to to makes dis-unity.

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  • 24 March 2013 18:11, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No doubt, Sudan Tribune becomes the enemy of unity for Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes. They do it intentional with their cheating no names reporters. This is partial of that...."third team in greater Bor..." They truly know this one part is not acceptable by Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes and they still using it to to makes dis-unity.

    repondre message

  • 24 March 2013 18:11, by SouthSudaneseviews

    No doubt, Sudan Tribune becomes the enemy of unity for Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes. They do it intentional with their cheating no names reporters. This is partial of that...."third team in greater Bor..." They truly know this one part is not acceptable by Jonglei State Dinka sub-tribes and they still using it to to makes dis-unity.

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