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FAO launches Hunger project in Jonglei

Some of the farmers who were awaiting to receive their seeds during the launching on Tuesday in Jonglei state, Bor (Photo by Makur Achuoth UNFAO)

By Manyuon Mayen Manyuon

An agriculture project seeking to boost and build resilience of households and communities in Jonglei State has been launched under the theme “Time for a hunger free nation, putting farming first.”

The project that launched by Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO) with support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID.

It targets livestock owners, fisheries and vegetable producers. It is expected to increase agricultural productivity as most farmers would participate in the project.

Speaking to the press on Tuesday after the launch, South Sudan  project manager for UN FAO Mr. Owen Calvert said the aim was to improve on the agriculture output, livestock and fishing production throughout Jonglei state and South Sudan.

”The main aim is to really improve and uplift farmers to look for livelihood opportunities and promote other income generating activities. We really looking forward to seeing that the vulnerable group in Jonglei state help themselves,” Said Calvert

”We are also focusing on managing natural disasters and areas of conflict to bring the alarming situation to normalcy by promoting agricultural activities,” he added.

Calvert stressed that they were only targeting the local community level and small enterprises in order to alleviate and improve on their economic status.

He said the project shall be implemented in collaboration with the farmers so that they get experience to work independently in the next three years.

”The goal is to equip households and communities with skills and resources to be able to get exposed into the future of building resilience and improve the livelihood,” he further elaborated.

Mayen Ngor Atem, Jonglei State Minister of Agriculture and forestry called on all the farmers and agricultural officers to make well use of agriculture season in order to produce enough food.

‘It is another milestone that not only highlight the need of farmers to concentrate but it is to unlock and change the mindset of the farming community to exert more efforts in investing on the vast agricultural potential, creating more jobs opportunities, wealth and improve their livelihoods and enhancing food security of the state,” Atem said.

He said the distribution of seeds would promote income growth and accelerate food and nutrition security and generate employment.

Adau Garang Jok, one of the beneficiaries said the different types of seed she received would help her to build and raise her level of agricultural output.

She appreciated FAO for the distribution of the seeds. Adau urged FAO to keep mentoring the local people in order to improve on agricultural activities.

 

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