Taban urges citizens to break cycle of poverty
First Vice President Taban Deng Gai, speaking at the celebration of the World Food Day at Nyakuron Cultural Centre (photo By Moses Gum Degur)
By Mose Gum Degur
The First Vice president Taban Deng Gai has urged the citizens to break the “cycle of rural poverty” by embarking on agriculture.
Gai made the remarks yesterday at the event to commemorate the World Food Day under the theme “Change the future of migration; invest in food security and rural development”.
The event was organized by UN FAO in partnership with WFP, IOM, UNHCR and World Vision attended by senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps and UN agencies. The day was marked by cultural dances, drama followed by exhibition of agriculture products.
Gai said it was a prerequisite to pay much attention to extreme poverty, limited resources and high rates of unemployment among youths by embarking on agriculture to break the cycle of poverty and improve economic development for sustainable livelihood.
“For us to break the cycle of poverty, we must invest urgently and heavily in agriculture by producing enough food in rural areas,” said Gai.
“Through agriculture many young people will be able to get jobs, do investment and stabilize the economy of their families”, he added.
He continued that it was very important to push for the transformation of the agricultural sector in the country saying youth should be involved in agriculture in order to venture into profitable business, developed programs and as well to adapt commercial farming.
The Fist Vice President said agriculture is the only tool to move the country away from poverty, create quick wealth for people and make decent jobs for the young generation.
Gai expressed the government commitment to prioritizing security, bring peace and promote agriculture to reach food resiliency and hailed the partners for their continued support to ensure that the country was food secured.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food security, Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec said his ministry was charged with responsibilities for improving food production and end hunger in the country.
He said to eradicate hunger in the country, there was need for every citizen to go for farming and cultivate to be food resilient.
Nyikwec said South Sudan was a food basket due to its land fertility and urged the public to actively engage in agricultural activities to end poverty and improve economic development.
He stressed that the current food insecurity in the country could only be addressed if all people worked hard to meet national food requirements, eliminate inequalities and poverty amongst households.
The Minister described agriculture as an imperative field to change people’s lives since it creates income, employments and enables people to eat nutritious food.