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South Sudan launches council to organise grain trade


January 30, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan Grain Council (SSGC) was launched on Wednesday in Juba in order to promote grain trade, organise farmers to produce more and improve on the structures needed in marketing the food commodities in the country and abroad.

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EAGC Executive Director and head of secretariat, Gerald Masila, presents a certificate to South Sudan VP, Riek Machar on 30 January 2013 (ST)

Farmers in South Sudan are currently disorganised and lack the capacity and machinery to produce more food and access the markets. While 80% of the land in South Sudan is arable, only 4% of it is cultivated mostly on the basis of subsistence farming, according to officials.

The Council which was launched through the initiative of the ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will be able to address challenges relating to availability of and access to grain as well as warehousing systems and marketing of the commodities in the new country.

The membership of the Council will involve all the stakeholders including grain producers, traders and millers. Grain encompasses any cereal crop including but not limited to maize, wheat, rice, barley, sorghum and millet.

Addressing the launch of the SSGC, Vice-President Riek Machar urged all the stakeholders to be serious in developing the plans to achieve the Council’s objectives, adding that the formation of the grain council was necessary if the nation was to come close to achieving food sufficiency by 2014 as stated by President Salva Kiir two months ago.

Machar during the economic cluster meeting on Wednesday also directed the minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Betty Achan Ogwaro, to prepare memos for establishment of respective boards for fruit, honey, gum Arabic, among many others.

The minister of Animal Resources and Fisheries was also directed to establish a board for livestock industry which would promote policies and implement programs for developing this economic sector.


South Sudan also plans to join the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) as full member once it has completed its internal organization of the national council and developed its grain export potentials.

EAGC is a non-profit, non-political and non-denominational organization, which will prepare, disseminate and promote the exchange of information on matters affecting the regional grain industry. It incorporates the key stakeholders in the regional grain industry including public sector and allied parastatals.

Established in 2006 and based in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, EAGC operates in the Eastern Africa region. It is currently mandated to work in the 10 countries which include Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi.

Some of the objectives of the EAGC are to promote a well-functioning regional grain supply chain, focusing on trade issues affecting all sectors of the chain, and building a platform for reducing constraints in regional grain trade.

It also aims to build cooperation, interaction, partnerships, alliances, networks and market linkages; collect market data, generate information exchange and share regional expertise. It will also promote investment in structured marketing systems including warehouse receipts and commodity exchange.

It also represents the regional membership at national, regional and international forums, and lead advocacy and lobbying actions for best interests of the Council members.

The organization has a network of intelligence which monitors the cross-border trades as well as disseminates the market prices on daily basis within the region.

EAGC’s Executive Director and head of its secretariat, Gerald Masila, and his team were also invited to Juba during the launch of the initiative.

If it joins, South Sudan will have a representative in the EAGC’s board as well as appoint its country’s manager in Juba.


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  • 31 January 2013 06:24, by Lotodo Awino Odug


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    • 31 January 2013 06:56, by Tutbol

      Right step in a right direction & i hope it will not just be another photo op, but something that will need a serious follow up to achieve the required objectives. Besides, the govt should also give the willing farmers the neccessary tools, expertises & incentives accross the ten states if we really want to get our people out of this cycle of food shortages in our country.

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      • 31 January 2013 07:28, by LL Reuben

        The government’s most noticeable accomplishment would be to provide security - if the country is safer most things will fall into places. Subsistent farming was the major way of life and to this very day is still, the government need to take a break from illusion of selling oil and get back to reality of this country’s used to be way of life - Subsistent FARMING.

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        • 31 January 2013 07:59, by Tutbol

          LL Reuben,
          You are right bro. what i was implying is; beside the family consumptiom produced food, our country needs surplus for the DROUGHT & the RAIN DAYS as it is often locally known. And to achieve this beyond subsistant, govt involvement is needed to provide advice, some tools to mass produce, incentives to farmers to take up advance farming machinisms & ofcourse safe keeping (warehousing).

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      • 31 January 2013 13:45, by Ito

        Dr. Riek, make sure that the grain is not in the hands of Dinkas. This tribe are animals with very dark skin and ugliness. that is why western people are surprise when they see them walking on the streets....like a monkey. I told my white friend those called Dinka are half human....and he agreed with me. You can read deeply about history of monkeys are how they look an relate to dinkas. So this is

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        • 1 February 2013 03:08, by Panthou

          @Ito, I am shocked by your destructive useless hatred topic here! Don’t you have Dinka in your state to attack? U and nuer empire want to destroy the nuer name. Stay in Gambella begging Ethiopian for dabbo. Do you really know where those grains will come from? The places active for farmers is 1-Renk, 2-Anaakdiar,3- Ballieet n 4- Mohammed Ajak b/n Malakal Anaakdiar. These are Dinka farmers or lands

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          • 1 February 2013 03:26, by Panthou

            — -so name one nuer who is a farmers n where or in which state? Don’t play with your daddy Dinka! I think you’re the leftover from nyagaateen who finished the Dinka fighters on their way to Bilpaam during the struggle. There is where Dinka is going. We’ll keep the power, grains, cows n maan ni kuun. Tell me next what Dinka want beside those?

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    • 31 January 2013 09:11, by Nuer Empire

      You are the only one with positive thinking but face huge opposition from within!! We will lift you as you have been struggling to lift up the people of South Sudan from the oppressors.Yes we will lift you up in the same way you do!
      **The Nuer Empire**

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      • 31 January 2013 10:18, by LL Reuben

        Nuer Emprire,
        A Positive thinker can rarely "face huge opposition within" thus your statement might be the irony of what you exactly alluded to about the subject. I am not a dedicated supporter of the subject but I tend to give Caesar his dues but will not glorify my evil brother for that sake. It’s important to sound fair without prejudice and sense of juvenile self-pride and self-congratulatory

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  • 31 January 2013 07:54, by RICKBUSTER

    Listen!!and listen! please as a Southerner you need to put in mine that Murle is the only tribe that listen through eye,they are inherited of killing,abducting,and raiding others people cattle,i don’t know how we can bring them back to line. in addition let this billion of thank goes to Dr Macahar for organizing (ssgc).

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  • 31 January 2013 07:54, by RICKBUSTER

    Listen!!and listen! please as a Southerner you need to put in mine that Murle is the only tribe that listen through eye,they are inherited of killing,abducting,and raiding others people cattle,i don’t know how we can bring them back to line. in addition let this billion of thank goes to Dr Macahar for organizing (ssgc).

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    • 31 January 2013 08:13, by Robot

      Malawi was relying on exports for years, but when Bingu Wa Mutharika came to power, he was able to made Malawi food secure in only two years, and now Malawi is a leading exporter of grains.... i hope it is not too late for our leaders to realize this. river Nile is flowing delightedly, showing its clear sparkling tasty blessed water and no one seems to pay attention to this beautiful Nile.

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      • 31 January 2013 08:56, by EES Kingmaker

        It is time we should move away from dependecy on foreign imports or goods. No economy survives without organized farming, trade, industry and other sectors. Exports and imports must at leat be balance if South Sudan’s economy is to be considered healthy. For this to happen, the Govt. must recruit, train and motivate our home-grown professionals. Foreign experts may also help where needed.

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        • 31 January 2013 09:53, by Tutbol

          EE Kingmaker,
          I was in Upper talanga in 1993, the land with her didicated natives could supply the whole of S Sudan with tea needs (cash crop). When other people produce the other crops. But our leaders bro. are failing our people big times. You’re right; if we can’t export anything, then we always have inflations, hence devaluing our currency, hence the lost of value, hence the economics collapse

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          • 31 January 2013 11:02, by EES Kingmaker

            South Sudan has all land terrains that are useful for agricultural purposes. Upper Talanga can produce tea, Obbo coffee, Upper Nile and Lafon can produce dura, maize does well in Chukudum, pineapple in Western Equatoria just to mention only a few. Is there any reason for that nation to suffer as it shamelessly relies on oil and imported goods?

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            • 31 January 2013 11:06, by EES Kingmaker

              As you correctly put it, it is our leaders that failed us. Yet we watch and don’t tell them the right thing. The country must move forward no matters what it takes. It can’t be held hostage because of vested interests of the few lucky. It is also an opportunity, our leaders regardless of wherever they come from, have to wake to realities of the day. First, we are an independent, sovereign state.

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              • 31 January 2013 11:10, by EES Kingmaker

                Second, the newest nation must diversify its economy without which we will become a failed state. Third, the war on graft has to manifest our innermost feelings. It shouldn’t be just political platitudes that disappear in thin air. Fourth, we need a strong,vibrant diplomacy that pushes our interests, including economic ties, beyond our physical borders.

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                • 31 January 2013 11:12, by EES Kingmaker

                  Fifth, unity in diversity should be our guiding principle where communities live, work and exchange peacefully. No man or woman has to be judged according to his/her color or ethnic origin but the ‘content of his/her character’ as Martin Luther King Jnr once said. This might be a digression but all these factors may constitute our success in all spheres of life, including leadership in South Sudan

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  • 31 January 2013 08:12, by master

    is this foodboll match or what
    kiir vs machar
    machar vs kiir

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    • 31 January 2013 09:44, by EES Kingmaker

      What about Ali Osman vs Criminal Bashir’s long,tortuous saga? Needless to remind you, is Salah Gosh now out of detention and how about Dr Mustafa Osman-Ali Al ma Nafie conspiracy? Look Bashir will either end in their vicious hands or ICC gallotine. Hard choices but looming real, closer!

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  • 31 January 2013 08:28, by Mapuor

    Betty Achan Ogwaro
    That is good to have South Sudan Grain Council,its also good to tour all ten states of South Sudan to see what are the real problems facing farmers in the area of food production.Sitting in Juba for so long is worrying.Move,move,move

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  • 1 February 2013 10:05, by Lomiji

    I have been moved by this development ! However, I still wonder as to what has become of the recent dura saga? won’t such squalid practices repeat themselves in the long run ?

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  • 1 February 2013 10:05, by Lomiji

    I have been moved by this development ! However, I still wonder as to what has become of the recent dura saga? won’t such squalid practices repeat themselves in the long run ?

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