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July 3, 2018 (ANKARA/JUBA) - The Turkish state development aid agency has donated 30 tons of seeds and agricultural equipment to farmers in war-torn South Sudan.

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In a statement issued Monday, The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said it provided 500 farmers in the capital Juba and its surroundings with peanut, maize, sorghum, tomato, and okra seeds along with several types of agricultural tools.

The Turkish envoy to South Sudan, Hasan Sevilir Asan, South Sudan Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, the head of South Sudan Farmers Union, Mathuc Akola, and TIKA’s coordination in Juba, John Acer attended the seed distribution ceremony.

South Sudan has a wealth of untapped agricultural assets. With 30 million hectares of arable land, across six agro-ecological zones, South Sudan 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 South Sudan’s land is cultivated, yet the country 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, South Sudan President Salva Kiir announced a goal to achieve food self-sufficiency in the country. That same year, 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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  • 4 July 2018 15:29, by Kuch

    As the popular saying goes "help someone with hooks & lines to fish for himself/herself than always do a fishing for him/her" The Turks behind those provisions of agricultural supports to South Sudan have done a long time aid to those South Sudanese communities. The reasons as to why China’s donations is pretty much popular with many Africans is: Because China gives material aid (long term) aid>>>

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    • 4 July 2018 15:36, by Kuch

      like infrastructures which will remain and will always be maintained right into the future. But the Western world aid has been a destruction of African countries’ economies. I am not saying that there are some vulnerable people who need an immediate aid assistant. But with an example our country, this western aid style isn’t going to be sustainable>>>>>

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      • 4 July 2018 15:41, by Kuch

        I know a lot of European & Americans NGOs with their own sinister ulterior motives against our country & our people would want this western world aid style flourish in our country. But we are going to tell them to give us & our country a break.

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        • 4 July 2018 16:46, by jubaone

          The Turks must understand that the only farming communities are in Equatoria and sadly are out of the country or cant freel farm as wicked and lazy jienge scoundrels would simply steal the farm produce. Jienges can’t farm cuz cows and crops font ho hand in hand easily. Spare ud this nonsense and take away your poisoned seeds, atrak!

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          • 4 July 2018 18:55, by Marco A. Wek

            Jubaone, what Jienges done to You must very bad that you can’t shake it off. I can’t say all Jienges as you feel happy calling us instead Jienge or monyjang are not all perfect but whoever did bad to you or your family member could be one person and so, why can’t you look for that individual and take it man to man with him rather than hide behind computer and always write nonsense about the whole

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          • 4 July 2018 19:04, by Marco A. Wek

            Have yourself a life brother South Sudanese. Life is too short to waste. Hatred is devil’s means of pride and if you always dwel in hatred, that makes you son of devil. What good will it make you going to confess every week in the church for forgiveness

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