By Kidega Livingstone
The women farm groups from Magwi County, Eastern Equatoria State have been trained on modem farm skills for growing vegetable and other crops following the implementation of several programs to improve livelihood of the community by the Global Aim South Sudan.
The continues training of the women in global agriculture and technology by Organizations operating in the country have increased food and vegetable production despite several factors that make it difficult for women to maintain yield and high quality.
Speaking to Juba Monitor during an interview from the demonstration garden in Magwi, a Women Leader of Rackoko farm group, Atimango Christine said the training would continue to improve vegetable production in Magwi because the skills will be extended to other women and men who lacked the knowledge to improving food production in the county.
“Before the training, we do not know how to plant vegetable and other crops in line. Now we have trained to plant crops and vegetable in line for easy weeding and creating more space for air to make plant grow very health,” said Christine.
Christine with other 30 members planted cabbages, Okra, Tomatoes, Onion, Carrots and many other vegetable varieties in their demonstration garden where many farmers go and learn new skills.
Achan Monica a member of the women group told this paper that they are ready to put the skills required into action in case they have been supported.
She said the women in the area were willing to plant more vegetable and food crops but they don’t have enough support in term of finance for opening more land for cultivation.
Monica said through training , they have been able to manage vegetable and crop pests such as aphids, meal burgs, scale insects, psyllids, thrips, plant bugs, plant hoppers, white flies, grasshoppers and locusts, moths, beetles, maggots, fall army worms and mites using local pesticide such as Nim-tree leaves and others.
Global South Sudan also implements programs that enhance the capacity of the community to prevent and mitigate the impact of diseases, increased household food and income security for self-reliance.
Executive Director for Global Aim Mr. Rombek Esaya Kolorinda said that the organization is committed to improved food production in Magwi to fight against hunger in the region.
He said currently the organization has many activities especially in the area of farming targeting to empower vulnerable women and youth.