JUBA, (Xinhua) --
South Sudan’s agriculture ministry has announced
numerous ambitious agricultural development strategies seeking
to enhance food production and curb severe food insecurity in
the world’s youngest nation.
Under the plans, the
government would embark on initiatives seeking to support
research, access to financing, infrastructure development,
review of land policies and enhancing public-private sector
partnership, Onyoti Adigo, Agriculture and Food Security
Minister said on Thursday during a three-day conference in Juba.
He added that the
government would support the formation of farmers unions, revive
cooperatives across the country and also roll out nationwide
farmer-education initiative in a bid to improve their knowledge
on commercial farming and modern food process techniques to
reduce post-harvest wastage.
“Key to achieving
agriculture transformation in the country is raising
productively level in the farms, driving the revolution in
productivity, mechanization and improving farm management
techniques based on research and adaption of hybrid varieties of
maize and rice,” Adigo said.
According to Adigo,
agriculture constitutes 80 percent of people’s livelihoods in
South Sudan, and it also contributes 36 percent of South Sudan’s
non-oil gross domestic production, but this has been hampered by
conflict, inadequate research facilities, and poor
infrastructure among others.
The UN and other aid
agencies have warned that at least 1.5 million South Sudanese
could face famine as the East African nation enters what has
been described as the worst lean season in history between
January and March.
Adigo said that to
achieve the set targets, South Sudan will have to double its
efforts to bring peace and stability in the country to enable
farmers to return to their home and revive agriculture.
“There is great
opportunity for us to change the narrative for us from being a
hunger prone country to ending hunger in our country. What is
required is sustained partnership and strong political
commitment to leverage agriculture production,” the official