Farmers in Northern Upper Nile seek market
By Amani Peter
Farmers from Renk of Northern Upper Nile are seeking for ways of marketing their produce in Juba.
For a long time they have been cut off by poor road network and long distance from the capital Juba,
On Tuesday, representatives of the farmers meet Ayii Duang Ayii, the chairperson of the business union in South Sudan in a bid to figure out ways of connecting them to markets.
The farmers said they are facing challenges ranging from the lack of agricultural equipment for cultivation, and lack of market to sell their produce.
Haj Weil Lol the chairperson of the farmers in Northern Upper Nile State said the state is free of hunger since the farmers produce enough every year.
He said the farmers want to sell their produce to some parts of the country facing hunger but due to poor road network, they could not.
Haj urged the government to improve infrastructure to boost agricultural in all parts of the country.
“Famers are the backbone of the country. The farmers were encouraged to plant to save the nation from starvation,” he added.
Ayii Duang Ayii the chairperson of the Business Union assured the farmers of his readiness to help, saying “agriculture is the backbone of the country.”
He called on the government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food security to support the farmers.
“There is need for citizens to invest in agriculture in order to curb famine in the country,” said Ayii.
Ayii appealed to the farmers to continue with farming, promising that he is ready to provide support to the.
He appreciated the farmers for raising their concerns on improving agriculture.