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January 24, 2013 (JUBA) – Statistics on the wealth of livestock per capita in South Sudan have indicated the region is leading the world in the under-utilised economic sector.

With a population of 8.2 million people according to a 2008 disputed population census, South Sudan has over 31 million head of cattle, sheep and goats, making it a world-leading nation when the animal wealth is calculated per capita.

Botswana formerly topped livestock wealth per capita figures, before the latest statistics put South Sudan in the lead.

The statistics, revealed on Wednesday by the minister of animal resources and fisheries, Martin Elia Lomoro, also indicated the nation’s huge livestock wealth has not been utilised or introduced into the economic development of the country, which would have contributed to generating non-oil revenues.

Despite its enormous livestock wealth, South Sudan continues to import most of its meat from neighbouring countries, losing hundreds of millions of dollars every year without exports in return.

The economic cluster meeting on Wednesday chaired by vice-president Riek Machar discussed some of the main challenges facing the industry, including the traditional mindset of cattle keepers, who consider the value of livestock merely in terms of marriage and prestige.

The meeting discussed the need to change these attitudes and persuade cattle keepers to commercialise the commodity by bringing the cattle to the markets so as to benefit from their other economic values.

There are also trans-boundary animal diseases which need to be controlled in the 10 states of the region. According to the minister, this could be done by designing mechanisms to make sure that animals are routinely vaccinated in order to maintain their good health, as well as produce quality meat and dairy products.

South Sudan has been dependent on oil revenues for 98% of its annual budget for the last eight years despite the huge potential from the non-oil resources.

(ST)

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  • 25 January 2013 06:40, by Wiyual

    South Sudan is rich of everything. Just a matter of time we will be on the top of world ’s wealthiest countries

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    • 25 January 2013 06:49, by Joseph Canada

      South Sudan is a very wealthy nation. The wealth Range from Natural resources to Agriculture, to culture itself. The only problem is the corrupt leadership and nepotism . The Govt. need to hire or employ the class calibers in South. We have a lot of them but they are minorities and the Orphans as remnants of the War.

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      • 25 January 2013 10:58, by EES Kingmaker

        Joseph Canda,
        Your comments are in place. South Sudan is swimming in wealth and corruption reverses progress. Fighting corruption and nepotism is a collective responsibility in two ways. First hire educated, committed cadre to do incredible job for this nation. Second, there is need for national education,that is pride in being South Sudanese, not tribally-based that impedes national consensus.

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    • 25 January 2013 08:13, by Ambago

      South Sudan may be leading in animals per capita, but how does this translate into the economy when millions of tribesmen out there continue to adore these animals and keep them only for social prestige without any monetary value?
      We must also remind ourselves that South Sudan is also the first in animal raiding and cattle theft.
      Where does all this leave us as a state? Shame on us!

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      • 25 January 2013 08:27, by LL Reuben

        Ambango,
        All of those things you’ve been constantly coming here to rage about will change when someone from your party becomes the leader of RoSS perhaps one day. My advice to you is spew your venom on the SPLM and don’t let any of it touch the animals rearing comunities. Hint: You might need their votes in the future if you truely believe in true democracy.

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    • 25 January 2013 10:55, by Eastern

      For Botswana their cattle is a blessing. You don’t hear of cattle raiding in that country unlike what happens in South Sudan. Botswana still remains the leading cattle keeping country to me. Bravo Botswana!!! South Sudanese cattle keeping communities need to go to Botswana to learn a thing or two on cattle keeping best practices!!

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    • 25 January 2013 10:58, by Eastern

      For Botswana their cattle is a blessing. You don’t hear of cattle raiding in that country unlike what happens in South Sudan. Botswana still remains the leading cattle keeping country to me. Bravo Botswana!!! South Sudanese cattle keeping communities need to go to Botswana to learn a thing or two on cattle keeping best practices!!

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    • 25 January 2013 12:11, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      South Sudan are claiming to have 31 million heads of Cattle,goats and sheep,better to have nothing than that number, to avoid the raiding of cattles and loosing of human life.
      All those cattles are curse to cattle keepers tribes,might be they have stolen those cattles from some people else,not God’s gift to them.That is why they killing themselves of it.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 25 January 2013 06:43, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    South sudan is the richest country on the face of the earth,I have a round 90 something heads alone.do the math folks.

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  • 25 January 2013 06:44, by Dinkawarrior

    Mr. Cowboy, we are still waiting to you rehire Obuto Mamur and James Gatduel. Please!
    "indset of the cattle keepers which only values cattle for marriages and prestige" You’re really a Dhol-midit and adultery committed. Shame on you@

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  • 25 January 2013 06:52, by william

    The cattle keeepers previous were have alienable right to keep livestocks. If the government want translates them into cash, it has to establish central banks in every ten state because you can not sell your livestocks and keep money in pockets. The banks without interest are not advisable for society to use.

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  • 25 January 2013 06:54, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    We do need animals as part of our revenue in our newly country South Sudan, but what I do needs the most is the system of Government in South Sudan. Our leader Salva Kiir Miyardit fail in everything such as political dialogue and management,but good in corruption. As the voice of the Southern Sudanese people matter, "We need a vigorous changes" from Salva Kiir Miyardit.
    By Augustino Deng.

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    • 25 January 2013 07:04, by Joseph Canada

      You are right Brother Agustino. First of all the Relieve of the known bold military leaders like Mobutu are not called for. The president have made so many promises to the country that non of them is even working and Non of the Southerner believe in him anymore.Now the only thing that he really use effectively is Decree,detaining and secret toucher of freedom speech voices. Indirect dictatorship!

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      • 25 January 2013 07:24, by Robot

        We are really God blessed.... but can you imagine if you go to other towns or villages you won’t find a butchery!!!!!!. the meat of our indigenous cattle is of high quality and of high demand worldwide, we can export it and generate income. THANKS TO SOUTH SUDANESE FOR THEIR PATIENCE, CHANGE IS KNOCKING!!!

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        • 25 January 2013 08:25, by EES Kingmaker

          In the last release statistical poverty estimates from NBS, Greater Bahr El Ghazal is the poorest(61.6%)region despite it is the wealthiest in terms of livestock. When shall we use that animal wealth of that region and South Sudan as well? It is sad. Ignorance imprisons us. It kills us, even physically. Time is now for Martin Elia and his team to start sensitizing our people for better cattle uses

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        • 25 January 2013 10:35, by Nuer Empire

          It is the rich nation,but no good coaches and referees at the moment.The future will hold its best.

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    • 25 January 2013 20:48, by Badi Malawi

      Exactly in term of revenues , south sudan is the richest country in africa with many natural resources ,but it need proper management

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    • 25 January 2013 20:52, by Badi Malawi

      Exactly in term of revenues , south sudan is the richest country in africa with many natural resources ,but it need proper management

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    • 25 January 2013 20:54, by Badi Malawi

      Exactly in term of revenues , south sudan is the richest country in africa with many natural resources ,but it need proper management

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  • 25 January 2013 08:06, by master

    where is the mind that can use this wealth
    this weath only for killing and counter killing
    the president him self has caws in his home
    what kind of human these people ?

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  • 25 January 2013 08:15, by Northern Sudanese

    are you guys fooling yourself or what???? how many south sudanese die in cattle raiding??? if the country had so much livestock why are you killing each other over it lol?

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    • 25 January 2013 08:34, by EES Kingmaker

      Northern Sudanese,
      Some raidng communities in South Sudan don’t raid becuase of less number of cattle. It is a sign of ignorance or backward fueled clanism, old rivalries and externally-induced hatred. It is a short-term phenomenon. It will soon dispappear and be made history.

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    • 25 January 2013 08:34, by LL Reuben

      North Sudanese,
      How many northern sudanese have died in related terror activities within Sudan and around the world? Do you know the number of people your genocidal regime run by a fugitive have killed in greater Darfur, Nuba Mauntain and Blue Nile respectively? I understand the need of fighting internet war with South Sudanese discussants but you need to look into the mirror and see the monstor.

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      • 25 January 2013 08:43, by Twic

        I think Australia can finished. Those animal with in two days , they don’t even know , that Australia is leading in the term animals , especially in livestock

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      • 25 January 2013 08:46, by EES Kingmaker

        LL Reuben,
        Northern Sudanese behaves like a monkey who laughs at ugliness of another monkey’s buttocks without looking at his own. What brought a problem mostly with NCP rulers is because they were stealing our oil. Killing, lying, cheating, character assassination are some of vices Sudanese are distinguished with. Can this be compared to a pilfering(cattle raid) some of our people engaged?

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        • 10 February 2013 14:05, by Northern Sudanese

          you don’t know what your saying!
          killing south sudanese is like killing mad monkeys!your the one who started the war+there is no genocide in sudan, its all made up! stealing your oil?what you mean?we never stole any oil! those who stole your oil are your own leaders who put $4 billion of it in their pockets.
          we are building dams , refineries and roads without oil and you can’t even feed yourself

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    • 25 January 2013 08:49, by master

      Northern sudanese
      look to their fake eruphoria
      really pathatice
      these people bothered america
      USA don;t know what to do after helping them to separateing from sudan
      USA adm believed that we were in real dilamme before separation

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    • 25 January 2013 13:03, by zulu

      Northern Sudanese,
      what are you talking about? You folks say you have brains, development etc, where are all these things? Did you put thme into practice? Why did SS separate? why are you killing the Nuba and the Fur if it is not the fight over resources? why do you folks still need parts of ss if u got the brains? Greed is common all over the world n u folks use it most to kill 2ml ss

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      • 10 February 2013 14:01, by Northern Sudanese

        zulu
        you are speaking about development in sudan righ?
        roseires dam, white nile factory , gold refineries, new oil fields and new roads ect..... don’t worry about us, just make sure your cow doesn’t get stolen lol

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  • 25 January 2013 08:49, by Sudani+

    Another lair form SS government!
    1- SS has no system to count the livestock!
    1- Sudan has more than 150 million livestock (goats, sheeps, cattels and camels) and another more millions from pultry!
    2- Sudan is ranked second in Africa after Ethiopia
    3- In 2012 Sudan exported more that 400 million $ worth
    http://news.yahoo.com/sudan-livestock-exports-reach-408-mln-end-nov-141931728--finance.html

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    • 25 January 2013 09:40, by Nibs

      Sudan+,
      Whoa! You have adverted your stupidity enough.counting system?you are pure illiterate.you are blind folded by Jealousy and lack of proper education.

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    • 25 January 2013 10:34, by EES Kingmaker

      Sudani,
      Statistics you have shown here is history, false. If Sudan has such animal wealth__fully utilized it, why crying its stomach out about loss of oil proceeds from South Sudan? Or you are telling us Sudan is the greediest, selfish nation which thinks South Sudan does not deserve what belie her soil? Why going hooliganism, crazy in mosques, parliament, streets, media about our Godgiven wealth

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      • 25 January 2013 12:39, by master

        EES Kingmaker
        you are most dullness person i never seen in my live

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        • 25 January 2013 15:18, by EES Kingmaker

          Master,
          What about your moronic, wishy-washy ideas which are scattered and spread aimlessly in this forum? These are thoughts that come from idiotic thinkers like your redundant, weird brain producing nothing but a dirty heap of insults and lies__disrepect for South Sudan and its leadership. At times, I keep on wondering whether such sillest and poorest writings come from a matured mind or worse!

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    • 25 January 2013 10:42, by Nuer Empire

      Where do u export that fake 400 millions $ worth under US sanction,under terrorist list? Sudan might be second to Ethiopia in rank,but in the past when still with the richest south Sudan.Don’t fabricate your lies in the media with unconfirmed statistic.

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    • 26 January 2013 21:13, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      What part of Sudan have that many heads of cattle? Are you trying to count census of 1956 or before that or what? South Sudan become a nation now, do you get it? Therefore; don’t count our livestock as still yours please!

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  • 25 January 2013 12:45, by Makunon

    At least South Sudan have something better to announced rather than bombardment by Arabs, cattle raiding and dead. Bravo Mr Minister. So-call advance countries will jump in now with their two feet to destroy growths, but South Sudan should customize on that and use resources as starting point for development.

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  • 25 January 2013 21:27, by Gordon

    My advice: Your district governers shall give a list of all cattle owners with the number of their cattle to Juba head office. Charge them with taxes. If they can’t pay with cash, than take some cattle and sell it on the markets. this is a way to generate some income for your gevernment.

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  • 25 January 2013 21:41, by Gordon

    This is a way to generate some income for your government. Without an income from taxes, no government, so no country. Everybody in other states must pay taxes. I don’t have cows, but an income in cash. Nearly half of my income, I have to give to my government. Just to give you an idea how is live in other countries.

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  • 25 January 2013 22:07, by Gordon

    In case I wouldn’t have an income in cash but instead of cows, (I love your beautifull cattle) the taxe-police in my country would take half of my animals every year. No resistance is possible if I don’t want to be taken in prison. Get accustomed to the live in well doing civilized countries. It is hard - but just a little bit better, no more. Kind regards to all South Sudanese.

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    • 26 January 2013 03:22, by Makunon

      Welcome advices Gordon, keep on and we shall pick some of them online here to energize our govt. to change to better governance and better lives.

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  • 26 January 2013 04:54, by OurLand

    Everyone knows that each citizen of New York and London envies the citizens of South Sudan since they have more live stock. Also, despite the fact that the French cows feed the French by milk and are 4 time bigger than the South Sudanese cows everyone known that South Sudan is the center of the world. The new economic point of gravity
    If
    Only
    They
    Could
    Feed
    Their
    Children

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  • 26 January 2013 21:45, by yyufnzeg
    • 26 January 2013 22:32, by Paulino Miabek de Minyiel.

      No music here please! Find a night club for you somewhere else, this is a wrong place for you! Camels boy ......

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    nice share thanks for the post
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  • 24 July 2013 11:00, by andymirz

    Despite its enormous livestock wealth, South Sudan continues to import most of its meat from neighbouring countries, losing hundreds of millions of dollars every year without exports in return.Well... it also happen to my country ,which imported meat and red dresses for women from australia

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  • 21 June 14:52, by Sinibaldi

    Le concept et la passion du soleil.

    Quand
    l’arbre de la
    vie rappelle
    la jeunesse
    un tendre
    concept décrit
    le soleil.

    Francesco Sinibaldi

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