Green Horizon out to improve food security in the country
Jebel Ladu Farm is an enormous maize grain plantation in Gwerekek, Ladu County managed by Green Horizon Company, a business company that is empowering South Sudanese communities in modern farming techniques by training local farmers in large scale production.
Yesterday, Juba Monitor and the Green Horizon took a trip to Jebel Ladu and the New Base Farms, the latter located at Northern Bari Payam, Luri County (just behind Bilpam military garrison). Speaking to the Juba Monitor, Eran Rubinstein of the Global Group, Food Security and Agricultural Division, commonly known as Rubi said the country needs to transform from the traditional ways of farming to the modern farming methods to improve the production output in the country.
“The time of the old farming methods is over, not because Rubi says so but because the new technological farming methods are better since it uses highly technological seeds, fertilizers, chemicals and Irrigation system.”
“We are training the communities on how to use these modern tools, tractors, pests spraying tools, the irrigation tools and many more. We are teaching local Agronomists to check the fields to identify pests and diseases and also collect data,” Rubi said.
“This will in turn help empower the local farmers and enhance the food security and develop the agricultural sector through large scale production for commercial production.”
He advised the South Sudanese communities to take agriculture serious, saying every farmer needs to sacrifice blood, tears and sweat to produce amazing results. “Farming is not an easy job. It is a round the clock job that requires hard work and investment of time, but in the end there is a benefit,” Rubi added.
Meanwhile, Josephine Akulang Abalang, the Communication and Project Manager for Green Horizon said the Green Horizon Food Security Project incorporates the local communities and Veterans from the military to help them be productive in life.
“We are working intertwined with the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to incorporate the veteran soldiers and empower them with modern farming and also encourage them to become more productive in life. We want to brand the country as an exporting economy,” she said.
Abalang urges the farmers to embrace technology and get rid of the old myth that treated seeds are harmful, compared to the traditionally kept seeds, saying the technological methods are by far more productive than the traditional ways of farming.
“Since independence we have been feeding on chemically treated seeds through the flour that is imported from our neighbouring countries. So it is time we embrace the new technologies of farming,” Abalang added.
However, Leon Vilsoen, the Farm Manager of Jebel Ladu Farm identified some challenges hindering farming in the country. “First and foremost, there’s no infrastructure (poor road networks) to support the farming. Breaking the ground on the first stage of cultivation is another problem that is faced by every farmer in the rest of Africa.”
Leon said, “There is no data to inform the farmers on rainfall, temperature, wind, humidity and the quality of land.”
Follow up all the Green Horizon Agricultural activities on Juba Monitor every Saturday starting this coming Saturday the 19th August, 2017.