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Agriculture Bank starts giving fuel to farmers

The Managing Director of Agriculture Bank of South Sudan said the bank has started giving fuel to farmers in a bid to improve food production across the country.

Rual Makuei Thiang, the Managing Director of Agriculture Bank of South Sudan has confirmed to Juba Monitor that the bank spent over 17 million SSP for the purchase of fuel for three states of Upper Nile region.

He said that the over 17 million SSP was part of the 29 million SSP approved by the government.

He further stated that the remaining states of Jonglei and Maiwut are to be considered in the remaining balance of 12 million intended for the purchase of fuel for greater Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria regions.

Thiang said the availability of fuel for farmers would help them strengthen their capacity to produce enough food for human consumption, and even for commercial purposes to reduce hiking prices in the country.

“This fuel will really help farmers to do much work in the field,” said Thiang. “It will also facilitate the operationalization farming tools and machines to cultivate various subsistence crops to improve production.”

Thiang said the Agricultural Bank together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has finished with the first phase of the project where farmers in Greater Upper Nile region benefited from fuel.

He said farmers in Greater Bar el Ghazal, Greater Equatoria, Jonglei and Maiwut state will be availed with fuel as soon as Nilepet approves their request.

Thiang disclosed that the fuel delivered to farmers in Greater Upper Nile was bought from Republic of Sudan worth 17 million SSP to facilitate the operationalization of farming equipment.

He stressed the need for all farmers to continue with their work despite approach of the dry season in some regions; and that the administration together with partners are working hard to install water pumps to be used by farmers for irrigation across the country.

Thiang revealed that the government is planning a fifty-fifty approach where farmers cultivate 50 percent of their crops using rain fed farming while remaining 50 percent will be for irrigation.

He urged the people of South Sudan to stop war and embrace peace in a bit to prioritize agriculture so that hunger and poverty can be stopped.

Over 29 million South Sudanese pounds was approved by the Ministry of Finance and planning to purchase fuel for tractors to help farmers cultivate various subsistence crops to end hunger.

 

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