By Kidega Livingstone, 

Juba Monitor, Jerusalem,

The government of Israel has disclosed that it will support South Sudan in the field of agriculture in order to improve its food production, a senior official in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.

South Sudan is amongst the selected African countries that will benefit for the support that will be offered by the government of Jewish State of Israel. The numerous fields that need Israeli support include; agriculture, economic and social development.

Speaking to Journalists in Jerusalem on Monday, the Deputy Director-General who is the head of Africa Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affair, Ambassador Yoram Elron, said the government of Israel only needed peace to come to South Sudan in order to fully support the new nation of Africa in the area of women empowerment, education and agriculture.

“We wish you the best on what is going on in South Sudan (the peace process) is good the Ambassador of Israel to South Sudan is there, if peace comes, we will be able to help in these areas mentioned, because South Sudan is like any other African country with a lot of potential,” Ambassador Elron told the press in Jerusalem.

He said Israel is now coming back to Africa following the visitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Africa in July 2016 and June 2017.”What we see in Africa is a relationship. We are ready to build the real relationship with the Africa Union in order to develop Africa’s, first diplomatic and political will,” Ambassador Elron stressed.

On his part, the Director in the Department of East and Southern Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affair, Yahel Vilan,   described the bilateral relationship between Israel and Africa as “Top priority” “We need to invest in relationship,” Mr. Vilan said.

According to  Ambassador of Israel to South Sudan, Hanna Goder, there is good bilateral relationship between the two countries, and said this year alone the government of Israel had given  opportunities to twenty Students from South Sudan who are currently studying  agriculture and the same time earing as a result of working in Agricultural sector in Israel.

“We are going to see if these students do well, we shall be able to add more and the numbers will be increasing in order to develop South Sudan in terms of agriculture in few years to come,” Ambassador Goder stated.

The Government of Israel has invited thirteen journalists from East and West Africa, including a journalist (the author) from Juba Monitor Newspaper, South Sudan, for the programme called “Discovery Israel Programme” where journalists are currently visiting very important areas or sites such as museum, Israeli Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affair. The visit continues tomorrow and the next day.

It is worth mentioning that the twenty South Sudanese students mentioned by Mr. Hanna Goder, the Israeli Ambassador to South Sudan, are currently studying agriculture in different colleges in Israel.

These students are being sponsored by Israeli government. They are engaged in a programme called “learn and earn”, which means they work for five days a week and study one day in a colleague and rest for one day.

The twenty students left Juba for Israel in September this year, and are expected to spend one year and eleven months, almost two years. They are expected  to return to  at the end of 2019.

The Jewish State of Israel was amongst the first countries to recognise South Sudan as an independent and sovereign Republic when it got its independence from the Sudan on Saturday 9th July 2011. Israel and South Sudan have strong diplomatic relations.