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Old March 17th, 2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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About 50% of the total land surface area is prime agricultural land while the remaining 50 is compose of marginal arable lands, Forests Mountains and water lands (Sudd). The South is also blessed with favorable agro-ecological conditions characterized by affluence of rainfall the amount and distribution of this rainfall vary by region and ranges from 500mm per a year in the North Upper Nile, with an annual growing season of 130 – 150 days, to about 2000mm in the South West where the growing season is 280 – 300 days.
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Crop Farming

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From semi-arid Northern Upper Nile to the moist South West, South Sudan is host to varieties of fruits, grains and other crops

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• Field crops - Sorghums, Maize, Millet, Rice, Wheat, and Cassava
• Oil seed crops - Sunflower, Groundnuts, Sesame, Soya beans, Lulu...
• Cash crops - Tea, Coffee, Jetropha, Cotton,Tobacco...
• Fruits - Mango, Guava, Pine apple, lemon...
• Vegetables - Potato, Sweet Potatoes, Okra, Kudra, Onion, Tomatoes.......etc


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Old March 17th, 2011, 12:21 PM   #4
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War had a negative impact on South Sudan's animal wealth in more than one count. For example, large populations of cattle perished during the war years either as a result of indiscriminate aerial bombardment or inter-ethnic fights over resources. The breakdown of markets and decline in animal health service delivery that ensued from war also dealt a heavy blow on the animal resources sector. Nonetheless, valuable indigenous technical knowledge relating to livestock management still exists….Now, South Sudan is reported to have a population of Ten (10) Million cattle and Twenty (20) Million sheep and goats.

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It is also estimated that within the South Sudan, forests and woodlands cover 29% of total area. This wealth in wood formed the base for the production of 85% of the sawn timber used in the whole of Sudan. Tropical moist forests, mainly in the equatorial region, cover an area of about 25,000 KM2. Those mainly lie on the Nile Congo Watershed area and the Imatong Mountain and Acholi range of hills. Those forests include commercially valuable species such as Mahogany, ebony, teak, plus exotic pines. In addition, eucalyptus stands where they are found in irrigated areas and generally used as wind breaks or for supply of firewood.


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South Sudan has a very large population of sweet water fish. The Sudd region alone can be counted on to provide 100,000 to 300,000 tons annually on a sustainable basis.....And then, there is a huge network of rivers and tributaries.
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South Sudan plans to form own agricultural bank

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The government of Southern Sudan is determined to set up its own agricultural bank as a mechanism to boost food security among its population, Anne Itto Leonardo, the regional Agriculture and Forestry Minister said Thursday. The semi-autonomous region is due to gain independence in July this year after southerners overwhelmingly voted for separation on the January self-determination referendum.

The bill that gives a guarantee for the establishment of the agricultural bank, the minister revealed, is currently being discussed in Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA). "We need to mobilize resources to run these agricultural banks. Operating a bank, as you all know requires lots of money. As a government, we remain committed towards serving our people. The moment this bill is passed and we have the resources at hand, then we can establish these banks," she said.

With over 90 percent of the southern population actively involved in small scale farming mainly in rural areas, the minister said government will strive to provide the technical assistance needed to guide farmers involved in agricultural activities.
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Tractors initiative

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Plans are underway to boost capacities of farmers through provision of tractors payable in installments. The initiative is being undertaken by the Agriculture ministry in collaboration with the agricultural bank of Sudan. Under this arrangement, a farmer with collateral security pays SDG (Sudanese Pounds) 3,000 and acquires a tractor, with a SDG 10,000 paid annually on installment basis.

A tractor costs between SDG 70,000-80,000 depending on the type. “We expect this initiative to boost our farmers given that food security remains government’s top priority in the post-referendum period,” Rual Makwi Thiang, the regional manager of the agricultural bank told Sudan Tribune.

Formed in 1959, the Agricultural Bank of Sudan which has a strong outreach currently operates in southern Sudan states of Upper Nile, Warrap and Central Equatoria. It mainly provides support to farmers in form of loans, seeds and other technical services.
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Old March 22nd, 2011, 09:19 AM   #9
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Company to grow corn in Mundri

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JUBA, 23 February 2011 – The minister for Agriculture and Forestry in the Government of Southern Sudan, H.E. Dr. Anne Itto Leonardo, accompanied by senior officials from the ministry on Saturday paid an inspection visit to Geria Agricultural Scheme in Mundri, Western Equatoria state.


Dr. Itto and the accompanying delegation witnessed the signing of a contract between the Muru community and Were Holding Company Limited. Mr. Simon Siddiq Alexander, the head of the committee supervising the community land in Madiba area, signed for the community while Mr. Aggrey Edri Ezbon, the Executive Director of Were Holding Company signed on behalf of the company.


The scheme plans to use the twenty-five-kilometre square piece of land to produce corn over a period of sixty-six-years. Under the terms of the agreement, the area will have seven percent of the agricultural output, and gain educational support from the scheme. The signing ceremony was also witnessed by the state minister for Agriculture and Forestry and a number of senior officials from the Government of Southern Sudan.



Sacks of corn produced in Mundri.

The delegation later inspected the Ambalabi Agricultural Scheme and Farmers’ Training Centre on the Yei River bank in Mundri East. The scheme owned and administered by Dr. Legesey Kunene is engaged in vegetable and fruit production. Dr. Kunene briefed the delegation on the challenges the farm faces key of which is transport of the produce to market centres such as Mundri, Juba and Lui.


Dr. Itto commended the work the centre is doing in building the capacity of the famers and raising awareness on the importance of agriculture for the economy. She promised to organize to dispatch young university graduates to be attached at the centre in order to gain practical experience.
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Ministry of Agriculture signs MOU with Chinese firm

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JUBA, 28 March 2011 – The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Government of Southern Sudan last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese construction firm, Beijing International, to concretize cooperation in developing the agricultural sector in Southern Sudan.


The MoU was signed by the Undersecretary of the ministry, Mr. Beda Machar, and the company’s representative, Mr. Chen Weiquang. The ceremony, held at the ministry’s headquarters in Juba, was witnessed by the minister, H.E. Dr. Anne Itto Leonardo and the Chinese Consul General, Mr. Z. Juan.


The MoU provides a framework of partnership between the ministry and the company in facilitating improved productivity in both the public and private arms of the agricultural sector through the introduction of new technologies and techniques of agriculture. It also ensures that the people’s interests and needs are not sacrificed by the efforts to introduce new scientific means of achieving competition while neglecting environmental preservation and other national interests.


According to the partners, China will send experts in different fields of agriculture, such as engineering, to South Sudan. The experts will also train the Southern Sudanese cadres and provide agriculture inputs. The Chinese Consul General Mr. Juan affirmed the company’s commitment to provide technical support to facilitate the improvement of the agricultural sector. He also explained that the implementation of this agreement is scheduled to begin in June 2011. He also promised that many more development programs from China for South Sudan will follow in due course.


Meanwhile, the undersecretary Mr. Machar described the agreement as an advanced step towards strengthening the relationship between the two nations. He said the MoU is an indicator of promotion of agricultural activities in the region.
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GoSS aims to produce 1.2 million metric tonnes of cereals

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The Government of Southern Sudan's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry says it plans to produce at least 1.2 million metric tonnes of cereals this year. Speaking to Radio Miraya, Minister Ann Itto explained that to achieve this target there has to be an increase in productivity and the sizes of farms.

She said that her ministry will create a conducive environment for investment in Agriculture and that food and agricultural equipment should be free of taxes.

Itto also mentioned that the budget for the Ministry was increased to SDG 62 million this year from last year's SDG 40 million.
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very exciting news!
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Fish Industry get a Boost

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In an effort to boost the fishing industry in South Sudan, the GOSS has built a barge fitted with a refrigerator in Jonglei state to transport fresh fish to the Juba market.

The deputy director for Fisheries Technology in the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries, Sarafino Aloma Francis spoke to SRS in Juba on Wednesday.

[Sarafino Aloma]: “We have also constructed a barge, fisheries barge in Bor and that barge is actually meant to transport fish, fresh fish. Actually the barge is well refrigerated. It is to cater for fish from sub regions areas, Shambe and those areas and bring the fresh fish to the urban markets in Juba.”

Mister Aloma further said that the GOSS has also established two storage facilities in Bor in Jonglei state and Terkeka in Central Equatoria state to make fishing equipment accessible to fishermen.

[Sarafino Aloma]: “The first thing is, we constructed two storage facilities, one in Terkeka and one in Bor, those storage facilities are actually meant for fishermen to access fishing equipment at affordable prices and we have already finished construction and we are waiting for fishing equipment to be stocked into these storage facilities so that fishermen have those facilities at a nearby distance accessible to them.”

That was the deputy director for Fisheries Technology in the Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries speaking to SRS in Juba.
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140 hectares for maize and wheat in C Equatoria

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Saturday, 23 April 2011 18:06 Economy >>> .140 hectares of land is being given over to maize and wheat in Terakeka in Central Equatoria state, under a project called Garden of Eden. Speaking to Radio Miraya, Garden of Eden's Director of Agriculture, Travis Heidi, said that the private company is also planning to open agricultural centers to educate and train teachers, and share information with farmers.

Heidi added that the area will be expanded within two months
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GoSS hopes to produce over 1 million metric ton of food from demonstration farm

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Thursday, 12 May 2011 16:42 Economy >>> The Government of Southern Sudan's (GoSS) Ministry of Agriculture says it has prepared over 50 feddan, one feddan being equal to around 4200 square meters, of demonstration farm at Nyali to be planted by the beginning of this month. Speaking to Radio Miraya on Thursday, the Ministry's Undersecretary, Beda Marcher Deng, said that the Ministry is going to use improved and certified seeds of various cereal, root crops like cassava, vegetables and fruits.

He added that the Ministry expects to produce over one million metric tonne of food from the farm this year. Beda revealed that the project is part of the campaign of boosting food production in southern Sudan.
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United States Promotes Private Sector Engagement in Agriculture, Announces Plan for International En

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The FINANCIAL -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Friday, May 6, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, signed a communiqué on behalf of the U.S. Government to help boost private sector engagement in agriculture in southern Sudan, where the vast majority of people rely on agriculture for their livelihood.


In spite of enormous potential of the agriculture sector, most southern Sudanese farmers grow only enough to feed their families, but not to earn an income. The Netherlands, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, and the International Fertilizer Development Center also signed the communiqué, agreeing with USAID that they will help develop southern Sudan's commercial agriculture sector by increasing agricultural productivity, supporting agribusinesses, and improving agricultural research and technology.

Following Administrator Shah's bilateral visit in Juba, he was joined by the development ministers of the United Kingdom, Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell, and Norway, Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim, on May 7 in Juba and May 8 in Khartoum. Together, they pledged their continuing commitment to Sudan, both north and south, and their support for the development of two economically viable and peaceful states, which adhere to principles of good governance, respect for human rights, and assistance to those affected by conflict, natural disaster, and population movements.

The United States, United Kingdom, and Norway-called the Troika because of the three countries' longstanding humanitarian and development partnership with Sudan and role in brokering the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)-stressed the importance of good relations between northern and southern Sudan and the resolution of critical outstanding CPA issues, including the status of Abyei, before Sudan and South Sudan separate. Among their priorities in southern Sudan is promoting private sector-led economic growth, combatting corruption and strengthening transparency in government.

The ministers announced their support for a USG hosted International Engagement Conference in Washington for South Sudan, which will become an independent nation July 9. The conference will provide an international platform for the future Government of South Sudan to present its vision for the country, and to engage development partners and private sector actors on priority areas for support and collaboration.
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“Replicate Nyeli Odema demonstration farm”, urges Dr Itto

JUBA, 21 August 2011 – The caretaker minister for Agriculture and Forestry, Dr Anne Itto visited the Nyeli Odema demonstration farm in Lokiliri Payam, Central Equatoria. The farm which is located 45 miles along the Juba-Nimule road produces almost all crops ranging from maize, cassava, groundnuts, beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, cabbages, water melons, okra and grafted quality mangoes.

While there, she told people to replicate what has been done in that farm and in other demonstration farms around the country.





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First Agricultural Trade Fair – South Sudan


The Road to Progress for Agricultural Production and Trade

7th – 12th November 2011

Nyakuron Cultural Center, Juba, Republic of South Sudan

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The First International Agricultural Trade Fair in South Sudan will bring together national and international entrepreneurs to learn and benefit from the opportunities and trade information from the agricultural sector of the world’s newest country. South Sudan has an outstanding natural resource base for the production of a wide range of crops, forest products, fisheries and livestock, all of which will be presented at the First Agricultural Trade Fair – South Sudan.

Come to the fair as an investor, a buyer, or a seller to find out about opportunities to engage and invest in South Sudan’s agricultural sector, to see the latest products in the agricultural and forestry and to learn about modern methods of production, among many other highlights in this six-day event.

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