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W. Equatoria Ministry of Agriculture to plant over 2 million trees

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June 30, 2011 (YAMBIO) - The Western Equatoria state ministry of agriculture yesterday has decided to plant over two million seedlings of various species of trees in the state as a landmark for the South Sudan independence celebrations.

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View of Bangasu teak plantation along Yambio-Maridi road about 3 miles square. (ST)

The state Minister of Agriculture Charles Yore Wednesday 29 June said the “initiative projected until July 2012 will plant over two million different species of trees.”

South Sudan will be declared an independent state on 9 July as the whole South is preparing to celebrate the event in a memorable way.

According to the state agriculture minister “on independence day July 9, 2011 each citizen of the state must plant at least three seedlings, trees that will bring income like for fruits and timbers,” decried Yore.

The ministry decided together with some of local churches particularly the Diocese of Tambura Yambio, to plant two million seedlings to be ready by the first anniversary of the South Sudan independence next year.

The state minister pointed out that the directorate of forestry given the meagre resources cannot avail the seedlings now, but there over 1 million different seedlings ready for the exercise.

Yore emphasised that they are encouraging the citizens of the state to plant more fruit trees.

“We are encouraging people to plant these fruit trees, we know that mangoes are important, oranges are important out of them we get food and income, as we are aware that after independence investors are planning to come to the state in invest in fruit processing factories, and so the fruits we have in the state are getting very old and the quality of the fruits have deteriorated,” said the minister.

He noted that the program will help the ministry to begin planting trees like mahogany, teak, cassia, gravelor, caprices and pine that will give timber and make the state regain the forest that has been destroyed due to civil war.

The minister said the executive officials will plant over 500 seedling of palm oil trees in Yambio County on July 9.

Yore said, the ministry chose palm trees to be planted in Yambio County because they are tolerant and they give beauty.

“We chose palm oil trees because the seedlings are tolerant and readily available you can just pick them anywhere and plant, it gives beauty especially along the roads they have will be planted. Palm trees have got a lot of value, once they grow they can provide fruits and oil” disclosed Yore.

Minister Yore stated the ministry is planning that Western Equatoria to be food sufficient state as people enters into the independent country.

He added that plans are under way to increase house hold food security in the state mores especially with the new initiated program by GOSS Ministry of agriculture by the year 2012.

(ST)

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  • 1 July 2011 07:50, by George Bol

    Guys give other states some edible seeds because others have thorny trees plant as their punishment in the Sudan hisory becuae they kick arab properly. thanks

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  • 1 July 2011 08:16, by Bush

    plant crops and vegetables, we have enough forests of tree or natural vegetation in WES.
    Once again a very useless report by a very useless journalist from Yambio.

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  • 1 July 2011 08:42, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    It is good that you people are dancing the tune of green revolution. It looks like you are knowledgeable about global warming. That is great news folks.

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  • 1 July 2011 21:35, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Mr. Minister it the first time of its kind in the History of our Country and will tell you that god will help U in your plan. I think what U need to do is also urge all the Companies operating in yambio, small and big at least to plan trees or give them land to plan plantations not like the former Minister who used to refuse Land to companies.

    I think it will go down in history of our country as a great achievement in your Ministry and keep it up not to be like others who talk too much but little action.

    I will tell you this in your office to congratulate u in your office when time come for me to be in yambio, with your Boss the governor.God will bles u in your work please!

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