By Baraka John
At least thirty-three people in Nzara County have been graduated after completing a three-month training on agriculture extension under the auspices of a local organization known as Community organization for Development (COD).
The training aimed at empowering young people from different parts of Western Equatoria State with relevant knowledge and skills to be job creators and self-reliance in their localities to change the mindset of the community from traditional ways of farming to the modern.
The training included extension services, agronomy and horticulture, principles and practices of livestock, principle and practices of bee keeping, fish farming and community managed disaster risk reduction, environmental protection, pest and disease control and Agri-business.
James Mabu, the Executive Director for Community Organization for Development said that young people were equipped with quality knowledge and skills in the agriculture sector.
“This training was for only three month starting from August 2nd to October 30th 2021 and had been assessed continuously to the end through tests, practical, presentations, and final exams,”
At the same time, Oliver Joseph thegraduands’ representative expressed their commitment to use the acquired skills to produce enough food next year to fight food insecurity in the State and sell surplus to other states in the South Sudan.
The three-month training was under the theme “Agriculture knowledge, skills and practice are our way to prosperity”.
Meanwhile, Alison Barnaba, the State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Environment challenged the graduands to apply the knowledge and skills to modernize farming system in the State.
“You are now the ambassadors of the ministry of agriculture; you go from here today and establish your farm and share these skills with your fellows so that we can all together fight hunger in our State,” Barnaba state.
So far thisthe third batch of young people Community organization for Development trained and graduated in the field of agriculture.