This article was last updated on May 21, 2022
According to the State Minister for Agriculture and Forestry Mayen Ngor Atem, the influx of returnees and Internally Displaced Persons led to the cutting of trees at a high rate for both charcoal burning and expansion of land for settlement
Atem said that deforestation can be addressed by planting trees around homes and on the streets of state capital.
The minister said that a tree nursery will be used as a demonstrative farm for the students studying agriculture and forestry courses at universities.
Each seedling costs three South Sudanese Pounds, a price he says is affordable to families with low incomes in Jonglei state.
The minister said the main goal of the nursery is to increase agriculture forestry production and productivity through intensification and diversification of the productions.
According to the minister, the 2012 state budget included revenue expected to be generated from the sale of seedlings.
He estimated the government will bring in 50,000 South Sudanese Pounds (SSP) from the sale if the all the people are to purchase the seedlings.
He called up on the government stakeholders, UN agencies and women led organizations to purchase the tree seedlings for planting.
“If you buy one mango tree at three pounds, after 2 to 3 years, that tree will produce hundreds and when you sell them, you will make thousands”, he said.
The illegal cutting of trees is rampant in the state capital but the county authorities have power to stop the influx of illegal deforestation.