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Back to land to end hunger

Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security [R]and Kornelio Kon Ngu [M] during the International World Food Day [Photo by Kidega Livingstone]

By Sheila Ponnie

The government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security has said land should be given for farming in order to end hunger in the country.

Speaking during the World International Food Day yesterday, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec said that in order to end the suffering of South Sudanese, there was need to reform the agriculture sector by providing land for cultivation in all states.

“Jubek State is now ready to give land. We need to mobilize ourselves and move forward for farming. We should provide resources to the farmers in order for them to move from subsistence farming to commercial farming,” said Onyoti.

“We need to invest in agriculture for food security and economic viability. Agriculture is not easy and it is very expensive. So, we need some investors to help in this. Without the investors, the government and developing partners will not manage alone,” he added.

He said supporting farmers with farming resources would result into over production in the country.

He emphasized that women and youth should be empowered by providing them with resources for cultivation because women are committed in farming activities.

In his part, the representative for Food and Agriculture Organisation, Pierre Vauthier said that it was time for a hunger free South Sudan because of the signing of the revitalized peace agreement that would result into peace to give conducive environment for farmers to do their routine work of farming.

He said 6.1 million people that stand at 60 percent of the population were in extreme hunger while 2.4 million people are refugees in neighbouring countries.

He said that South Sudanese currently heavily depend on the humanitarian assistance.

“This humanitarian assistance cannot be the future of South Sudan. So, farmers should be supported to grow their own food and improve the nutrition figure in order to be able to sell in the international market,” said Vauthier.

The World food day is celebrated every year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the organisation in 1945 and events are organized in over 150 countries across the world.

 

 

 

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