Governor Promotes Food Production

Western Equatoria State Governor Joseph Bakosoro inspecting a farm in Yambio. [Gurtong | Joseph Nashion]

The governor launched the campaign last December in ten counties to encourage the citizens to plant this season.

 While touring the farms, Bakosoro said that as a leader he has to set an example and demonstrated by cultivating a farm in Yambio where he cultivated about 10 Feddans.

“I am very happy with the people of the state for taking my advice and capitalizing their time in farming as one step forward for liberating hunger from the state and the country” he decried

The governor plated maize, ground nuts, beans, sorghum and Rice.

He said that he is expecting more than 20 bags of rice this year and expecting more harvest next year.

The governor said that the people in Nzara County have planted good number of pineapples that will help improve on their livelihoods.

He revealed that there are plans to plant more cash crops next year as this year concentration was on traditional staple foods.

According to Bakosoro, World Vision International has promised to buy food from the local farmers this year.

“I have also talked to the SPLA army base in Bilfam, Juba and the World Food Program (WFP) to purchase food from the farmers in the state,” he said.

The governor said that labour and pesticide costs are high with food crops being attacked by wild animals in Western Equatoria State.

Bakosoro attributed the poor productivity due to lack of  enough extension workers in the state  to train farmers on how to plant as more still retain the traditional ways of planting.

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