HCA encourages local producers

Honey Care Africa (HCA) has encouraged local traders producing products such honey, body jelly, soaps and handcrafts to keep on producing more in order to avert the current economic crisis in the country.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, the Country Representative for HCA Matata Safi Khamis said local people should not be depressed with the challenges they are facing currently but rather take it in a positive way by producing enough local products to minimize skyrocketing prices in the market.

“We should try very hard to show that we are able to produce products locally without depending on other products such as oil that can be exhausted in the long run,” Khamis said.

HCA is a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that works with local farmers. It buys raw honey and sim-sim, peanuts from the local people and exports it to Japan for processing.

Kiya Masahiko, the Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan earlier said exporting the products to Japan shows the symbolic trade ties between South Sudan and Japan.

“I must say that the future of this country lays in agriculture production and agro-business and the businesses in general which produce hard value. I hope that Japan would play its role in supporting the production,” Masahiko said.

Last week the government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the private sector and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched ‘Made in South Sudan Exhibition”.

The exhibition is expected to kick off on the 06th -10th June 2017 at Freedom Hall, under the theme, ‘Together Promoting South Sudan Business and Industrial Development’ ready to display products manufactured locally in the Country.

According to the  Minister of Trade and Industry Moses Hassan Tiel, owners of manufacturing factories, handcrafts and homemade businesses would be the main guests to  come and showcase their locally made products  in order for them to be  promoted by the government and development partners.

He said many people are not aware that South Sudan is manufacturing products in Juba and there are many products being made saying if we encourage the production of local products it will increase the country’s income exports.

By Kidega Livingstone

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