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Agricultural Bank to supply food to affected states

The Agricalutral Bank of South Sudan  has delivered basic food items to hunger stricken states of Jonglei, Eastern Lakes, Imatong state and as well to reach out to Kapoeta state if the secuirty  in the area is improved, Managing Director of the bank Rual Makuei Thiang has said.

The food items imported incldue sugar, maize, wheat flour, rice, beans and cooking oil to fight hunger in the areas.

In an exclusive interview with Juba Monitor, Thiang said agricultural Bank of South Sudan has developed strategies to strengthen farmers to participate fully in growing enough food to reduce food gap in the country.

“Yes we have developed strategic plans to supply food items, offer loans, drilling of boreholes, provision of farming machineries such as tractors and accessories, seeds chemicals and ox-ploughs but have first began implementing food delivery to states,” Thiang said.

“The Agricultural Bank and its commercial arm company known as Green Revolution Ltd are committed to implement the plans.

The Managing Director said him and  the ministries of Agriculture, Finance and Economic Planning are working hard to avail funds to buy more food commodities to be supplied to various areas of Imatong, Rumbek, Cueibet, Tonj, Kwajok, Aweil, Unity and Raja respectively despite all challenges.

However, Thiang said the process of delivering food items may be hampered by lack of funds, security challenges and poor road network which he said government should work hard to ensure effective service delivery by improving the secuirty.

He called on farmers’ groups, cooperative societies and the private sector to support local farmers  in order to produce food to mitigate hunger in the country.

By Moses Gum Degur

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