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South Sudan to import rice from Pakistan


March 24, 2013 (JUBA) – South Sudan will soon begin importing rice from Pakistan, joining the list of over 100 countries to which the latter exports its different varieties of cereal.

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Basmati rice from Pakistan

Joseph Kulang, the chairperson of the South Sudan Investment Authority, told the Pakistani-based The Nation newspaper that the country’s markets are open to rice from the Asian country.

He urged the country’s rice exporters to establish links with importers of agricultural commodities from the new nation in order to strengthen ties between the countries.

Kulang, who visited the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) last week, said the oil-based economy still heavily relies on food imported from its neighbours, with huge prospects for investments in agriculture.

He said a direct link between REAP members and South Sudanese business communities will eliminate the use of “third” parties and minimise complaints usually arising from citizens unable to find specific products on the market.

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.

Last month, however, the country’s 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.

Ex-REAP vice chairman Taufiq Ahmad Khan said his association, the second largest trade body in the country, was committed to ensuring smooth trade relations between Pakistan and South Sudan.

Pakistan is the world’s fourth largest producer of rice, after China, India and Indonesia. Each year, Pakistan reportedly produces an average of 6 million tonnes and together with the rest of the Indian subcontinent, is responsible for supplying 30% of the world’s paddy rice output.


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  • 26 March 2013 02:01, by F35 Fighter

    Do not import food from teroriest country.

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    • 26 March 2013 05:18, by Chol

      Does that mean you cannot call yourself F35-fighter, because it’s an American fighter plane?

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  • 26 March 2013 04:26, by E. Defense Forces

    Hey guys,
    Sudan released 51 prisoners from South Sudan,check it out maybe your relative among them.

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  • 26 March 2013 04:55, by master

    the regime of central africa collapsed
    who did that? SUDAN
    what is the next target? SOUTH SUDAN

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    • 26 March 2013 05:07, by Chol

      You think you can collapse foreign government; when you can’t even defeat rebels in Darfur, Kordufans and Blue Nile? How funny does that sound!

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    • 26 March 2013 09:24, by Turism

      Master, your deadly Quoran can not tell you next time to target south sudan, as said bt this time is difference from before.

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  • 26 March 2013 05:59, by Jalaby

    Oh my Goodness!!
    You guys oppose South Sudan decision of importing rice from Pakistan because Pakistan is just a Muslim country?!
    I’ve never ever seen such a sick mentality and ignorance that exist in your sick brain you guys! if you guys are considered to be the educated people then how can we imagine the mentality of the illiterates people in the south?!

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    • 26 March 2013 06:05, by Jalaby

      Arabs and Muslims countries are the closest neighbors to all African countries and they used to trade with each other even before any religion exist and you’ve to know the fact that Arab rich oil countries are the main oil suppliers to majority of African countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, and you should know that Saudi Arabia is the main oil

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      • 26 March 2013 06:11, by Jalaby

        supplier to the biggest African economy country which is South Africa? do you know guys how the economy strength or weakness of any country be measured? by the country GDP economy, do you know what is GDP? I think that’s another problem, please Google it!

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        • 26 March 2013 06:20, by Jalaby

          Be honest,I’m not really surprise because the south ministers and authorities were able to steal $4bn within no time,and not surprise because the president of that country sent them letters to return the money they stole either,all that didn’t surprise me at all but what really surprised me that the thieves had stolen just $4bn and not $40bn
          What visionless people?

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        • 26 March 2013 06:23, by Deng II

          It is called Gay disease prostitutes (Gdp) in Arabic dictionary and also in Goodle too. In Google, it say it is Muslim prostitute Gay man carrying disease.

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  • 26 March 2013 07:44, by Jojo

    Hi Jalaby,
    You are sick and your sickness will lead you to grave. How can you critise the opinion of South if they refuse to import rice from Pakistan? You are silent when your government had announced and publized over news papers to sell your sisters as prositute in Kuweit. Why don’t you speak about that?

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  • 26 March 2013 07:57, by Gabriel Ajak

    Business not bad u welcome.

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  • 26 March 2013 08:05, by Jojo

    We South welcome clean business, and hate business mix with poison. Soon you will realise yourself unfuctional by comsuming food coming from your enemies or your emenies realives like Pakistan.
    Any rice entering from Pak must be thoroughly examined to avoid some implication in future.

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    • 26 March 2013 08:43, by Jalaby

      All human beings were born naturally through mother vagina except Mr. Jojo & Mr. Deng II because they were born and came out through asshole and that’s why we still can see shit on their heads!!

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  • 26 March 2013 09:35, by Logic

    Abo dirty Jalabia
    The same questions could be applied to the seemingly educated yet brainwashed racist northern elite of N. Sudan, how come a genocidal regime like the NCp not only steal but kill, torture, oppress, humiliate, rape, pillage, displace etc etc its own people? Oh I forgot, you don’t consider them your own people, right? They’re mere slaves.... Pathetic fool!

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    • 26 March 2013 11:37, by Jalaby

      Mr. No Logic,
      Well, Well, so NCP did all the hell you mentioned above such as:killing,raping,torturing,etc, let me ask you this:how about your SPLA-N? did you ever open your mouth and condemned them for shelling Kadugly city randomly and killing kids, ladies,elders and innocent civilians? did you ever condemn them for abducting

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      • 26 March 2013 11:45, by Jalaby

        Chinese workers and stopping any kind of development and depriving ordinary people from improving their lives? did you condemn them for killing their rival politicians like Ibrahim Balandia?you are fighting for democracy and fair justice right? how about jailing Mr. Telefone Kuku in Juba without any charging and without offering him any true open and public trial?

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        • 26 March 2013 11:58, by Jalaby

          South Sudan is your dream country,your "new Sudan" that you had been fighting Arab/Jalaba for so long,now you got it,how is it? is it democratic country? is it the country of law? indeed it’s a real C R A P country! can you leave Europe where you live now and enjoy the hell life in S. Sudan? I bet you really can’t unless you want to join thieves in stealing oil money!

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          • 26 March 2013 12:11, by Jalaby

            You said I’m a pathetic fool! okay Mr. No Logic do you know moron equivalent to which word in our Sudanese language?
            moron means "Aweer" and I think that word quite fit your profile Mr. No Logic LOOOOOOL

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  • 26 March 2013 10:22, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    A responsible government works to save resources as such a locally grown food-crops would be encouraging. Why not work on Aweil rice project? Our rice should come from Aweil, dhura from Renk, fruits from Zande land. Save our dollars for other things like medicine for the sick, books for kids. That is how to build a nation for the future generation. That is why millions laid their lives for.

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  • 26 March 2013 11:48, by nhomachotdeng

    Stop importing food comodities from Muslim countries you have land and man power use it cultivate rice and feed your people than going to Pakistant for rice what a shame are you bringing to nation of hardworking people.

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    • 26 March 2013 12:28, by Jalaby

      Oh my Goodness, the $4bn stolen money is considered to be very few amount having the fact that the south has huge army of ignorant people, absolutely that country will never ever be able to stand on its legs but will always be a wonderful big closet room for stealing its money,that’s the only useful outcome of S. Sudan I guess!!

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    • 26 March 2013 18:27, by Oppressor

      Let USA & Israel Feed you Idiots i wonder why u use Oil money it is Arabs Jallaba who dig it & produce not Of course not you tell us ??

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  • 26 March 2013 12:49, by Makunon

    Good development in the market, atleast thieves have woke up from deep sleep. Those idiots on this web are like their thieves fathers, how do you reject foods when you have non simply bcoz it is from Arabs Country. During liberation period, the foods is captured from the enemy and eaten without regarding it as enemy food and should not be eaten. Stop negative propaganda.

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  • 26 March 2013 22:25, by John Costa

    It is weird! Nobody is talking about planting and growing rice in South Sudan. We should be happy when we grow our own food, but when we import our food it is not a good news. Who cares if we import from Muslim nations or Christian nations as long as the quality met the standard. Anyone will think in mixing ideology and trade will always loose.

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    • 27 March 2013 06:49, by Nuer Empire

      South Sudan is the world ’s largest swamp.Rice is just growing wilds and reserved for animal feeds in flooded areas of Upper Nile Region and some parts of Bhar El Ghazal Region.Why should we import it from TERRORIST State? Why don’t we grow it by our own!?

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