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Prioritize agriculture, S. Sudan first lady tells citizens

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March 25, 2018 (JUBA) – The first lady of South Sudan, Mary Ayen has appealed to the South Sudanese population to prioritize agriculture, saying it will help the war-torn nation fight looming food insecurity.

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South Sudan’s first lady Mary Ayen (SSTV photo)

Ayen on Friday visited Green Horizon farm, north of Bilpham in Juba.

In a statement to the media, Ayen said her visit to the farm was to encourage citizens to focus on agriculture during the rainy seasons.

“Even elderly people should go back home so that people can start farming. Women should talk to their husbands about the importance of peace in our country,” partly reads the first lady’s statement.

She appealed to youth to intensify efforts in agriculture, while also appealing to the population to work towards peace and stability.

South Sudan has a wealth of untapped agricultural assets. For instance, with 30 million hectares of arable land, across six agro-ecological zones, the young nation is capable of producing an array of agricultural products, from cereals to oil seeds, horticulture, and specialty products such as Shea butter and Gum Arabic.

But despite the huge agricultural potential it possessed, only about 5% of the country’s land is cultivated. Moreover, South Sudan also offers abundant water resources in the Nile basin, and forestry assets are plentiful, with tens of thousands of hectares of teak and other high-value hardwoods available for sustainable harvesting.

In 2012, President Salva Kiir announced a goal to achieve food self-sufficiency in the country. The ministry of agriculture launched the National Effort for Agricultural Transformation, and started to identify agricultural opportunities for foreign investors and agribusinesses.

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  • 26 March 2018 11:12, by jubaone

    Ya Madame Kiirminal,
    You should actually be urging your idle luakjienges who are preoccupied with cattle rustling, killing and raping elderly women and underage girls. Jiengeland is very peaceful and your lazy youth should instead be feeding the SS. God is wise, he didint give them the knowledge and resilience to do agriculture but sit idly under lalob tree and sing worthless cow songs all day

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    • 26 March 2018 11:49, by Augustino

      No need to cultivate while our hard working equatorian are working for us as the fool writer Jubaone falsely wrote. Yes, if we can get food from Equatoria and women from Equatoria then why not sitting under Lalob and wait for them working for us.

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      • 26 March 2018 12:05, by jubaone

        Agustino,
        Don’t worry, Equatorians will feed, cloth and wipe clean your stinking jienge shitholes like "big babies" who can’t care for themselves. We could also offer you our well mannered Equatorian women than your careless and filthy nyanjienges who can’t cook, take care of family and simply produce less intelligent kids like luak cows. Agustino, now run 🏃 to Juba quickly.

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  • 26 March 2018 12:12, by Theallseeingeye

    "First Lady"
    you mean we should cultivate now such that later to would either your graze the cattle (cows) on it, or sent the Anyoor to come and harvest & get free food, right?, all the past 2yrs we were cultivating, what did we gain, nothing, all the corps were looted by SPLA even the UNWFP warehouse in the capital Juba. that’s a shame Mrs. Kiiriminal

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  • 26 March 2018 15:34, by Sunday Junup

    I thought you are telling South Sudanese citizen that you are deporting back your children to do farming as witness. Wait! who translated English language to her? or she continue with Dinka as usual?

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  • 26 March 2018 20:29, by lino

    Good advice start from home!!! We are your boys? They should get dirty handed before telling other people kids!
    If your husband is serious, he should sign the damp revitalization documents to bring peace first before rainy days!!!
    We heard the only place that is feeding Bhr el Gazal Area is Abyei because of relative peace in the area!!!

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    • 27 March 2018 06:09, by lino

      Correction: where are your boys???!

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