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S. Sudan’s Jonglei state alarmed over food scarcity

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September 8, 2015 (BOR) - Bor county in South Sudan’s Jonglei’s state has recorded the lowest food production this year due to the long drought that began from May to August, the commissioner said.

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The map of Jonglei state in red

Mamer Ruk said staple food crops like maize, sorghum and groundnuts had failed to produce sufficient amounts of food to the population.

According to the commissioner, there will be no proper harvest in Jalle, Kolnyang, Baidit, Anyidi and Makuach areas due to drought.

“There will be no proper harvest this year due to these severe droughts. Generally the county has food shortage. This is going to be a disaster to our people because we have failed to achieve food security,” said Ruk.

Thousands of people, the commissioner said, could suffer from hunger this year.

Ruk urged humanitarian actors to employ a strategic approach to address the looming crisis, saying even returnees coming from refugees and the displaced camps too needed food.

Few farmers, according to Jonglei’s agriculture and forestry minister, planted crops, but realised little returns from what they cultivated.

Currently, only about 4% of South Sudan’s arable land is reportedly utilised for agriculture, yet over 70% of the country’s population are engaged in the sector to improve their livelihoods and wellbeing.

In February 2014, the agriculture and forestry ministry announced plans for a comprehensive master plan, seeking to revive the largely dormant sector, as part of plans to diversify the country’s economy.

(ST)

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  • 9 September 2015 08:23, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    That is totally sad the farmers in Bor had really tried to prevent hunger by cultivating but due to natural disaster their harvest was poor so humanitarian can help them even through project like food for Assets

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    • 9 September 2015 09:50, by Eastern

      Humantarian assistance could be granted if the recipient community act with humility. Just the other day, a rowdy group of ’youth’ breached security in a compound housing humantarian organisations in Minkaman. In Bor town, if you don’t look like the locals you are considered a foreigner and therefore must be dealt with. What’s wrong with you folks?

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