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Sudan’s Gezira agricultural project is failing, governor says

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March 12, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The governor of Sudan’s Gezira state al-Zubair Bashir Taha slammed a government law adopted in 2005, saying it has done nothing to improve productivity of the country’s largest agricultural scheme that contains one of the world’s biggest irrigation projects.

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A Sudanese farmer stands in a field of sorghum in Gezira state (AFP)

The Gezira project, which includes over 2 million feddans of land by the Blue and White Nile rivers and employs 130,000 farmers, traces its origins to British colonial times. It initially developed land for cotton through a system of canals.

There has long been a struggle between farmers and the government over ownership of the land as Khartoum wants to ensure it has control over the project in order to make it subject to its economic and agricultural policies.

The Gezira governor, who addressed a committee tasked with evaluating the project, said that seven years after the law was enacted there has been no improvement in productivity which has led to increased unemployment and displacement of entire families due to the closure of textile mills and other factories that were benefiting from the project.

He urged the government to either annul or amend the law which he said hit production of cotton and other crops compared to the pre-law period.

Taha also criticised the fact that the Gezira project’s administrators are not accountable to a higher body, as well as the non-existence of a general assembly to govern it.

He proposed giving his state a stake in the project in terms of administration and overseeing it and noted that the scheme has not benefited from development loans received by the country over the years.

The Sudanese government has long pledged to bring about a turnaround in the project in order to make it the breadbasket of the country and beyond.

But farmers say none of that has come to pass due to spiralling production costs which have eaten into their margins, with many were jailed over outstanding debt.

Observers say that the eroding value of the Sudanese pound has also raised the cost of imports such as fertilisers and other materials.

(ST)

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  • 13 March 2013 12:54, by Gat-khir

    Who care????

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  • 13 March 2013 13:24, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Dura agriculture scheme,who will eat it again? let the Scheme diee like that

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  • 13 March 2013 15:35, by Majongdit

    You must now admit that you, North Sudanese, are terribly missing South Sudan.

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    • 13 March 2013 16:44, by Nuer Empire

      Since they lost oil and bloody money,everything will collapse. I urge Israel to send more locusts across the desert to attack their crops.Lol,what a wrongful idea that Israel could sent insects to Sudan!! Now they are to be called insects as they think like insects.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 13 March 2013 18:11, by Northern Sudanese

        Nuer Empire
        hahahaha lol it seems Israelis are your masters now lol , your oil what? we covered 70% of your oil already, more than halve your people need food aid from the un, highest illiteracy rated, worst health conditions while in sudan we are building new dams, roads , factories and so on! this article is a joke, do your tradition and lick a cows ass, don’t forget to shower under urine :D

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        • 13 March 2013 20:12, by Nuer Empire

          Northern Sudanese:Who could report all worst situations in the north since you a dyke blocking HRW,Humanitarian Organizations to monitor your doom gov’t?
          The Nuer Empire

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          • 13 March 2013 21:31, by Northern Sudanese

            Nuer Empire
            Of course, because we block foreign agencies we are lying ,typical south sudanese response.....

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      • 14 March 2013 07:44, by Riek Met

        dear n.sudan.
        leave all this nonsences we ar all reality sudanes we have the same right,opportunity,loyality,religion,,in n.sudan there ar christian.s.sudan there ar muslim,plse let we may not oppress ourself,we ar the same people,s which now having the country sudaness.

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        • 14 March 2013 07:56, by Northern Sudanese

          Riek Met
          dude we are not the same! you are south sudanese , I am North Sudanese. we were the same in the past, now there is a border between us!

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    • 13 March 2013 18:07, by Northern Sudanese

      Majongdit
      terrible? listen right, everything you read here is a complete joke! out of that 4 billion oil gap, we covered 2.5 billion of that gap already!
      yes we are doing so bad without you lol , new dams , factories , refineries , roads while you are unable to feed more than halve your people and got the highest illiteravy rate in the world! we miss you so much looooool fucking whores :D

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  • 13 March 2013 18:04, by Northern Sudanese

    First of all, this article is fake and a joke. in addition to that, this website is obviously controlled by south sudanese and its not profesional. it makes up all kind of lies about sudan to keep insects happy.
    Gezira project, after the opening of the roseires dam 2 months ago, will be 100% irrigated. but of course insects never mention this! this article doesn’t fit the reality of today!

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  • 13 March 2013 18:38, by Darfuri

    Dear north sudanese
    You are fucking crazy islamist, you will never understand, you are trying to deny the ongoing reality related to sufferance of our people in Khartoum, blue nile, south Kordofan and Darfur. Al jazera scheme was the best of Sudanese development projects but since the arrival of motherfuckers islamists everything went down….farmers are jailed in Kobar prison.

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    • 13 March 2013 21:35, by Northern Sudanese

      Darfuri
      Its so easy these days to hide your identity and use a sudanese name to spread all your nonsense! there are no farmers imprisoned, about sufarence of our people in Khartoum it would be great if you provided evidence :)
      but of course you can’t, typical south sudanese monkey :) Gezira scheme, after opening of the dam is getting another 3 million hectares of space!

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  • 13 March 2013 18:39, by Darfuri

    Some farmers families are displaced to work for jalaba in Khartoum, their children abandoned school and became school out drop!.
    South Sudanese despite all problems they have are still optimists and they will get out of problems they have for sure. They don’t hatred each other and don’t down look to their brothers as we do in north. Please use your aptitudes to propose solutions to you bankrupt go

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    • 13 March 2013 21:38, by Northern Sudanese

      Darfuri
      seriously, what are you chatting crap about? just provide us with a single source to prove your nonsense! since when do I look down on other Sudanese? + citizens of gezira state are arabs (Jalaba) themselves! you cannot deny that!
      like i said before you are not sudanese, you are an insect :)
      WAD AL SHARMOOT :D

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  • 13 March 2013 18:42, by Darfuri

    sorry for the mistake: i would like to say: they don’t hate each others

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