The Forthcoming Rainy Season should be a farming Marathon for all South Sudanese

Posted: February 13, 2017 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Awuol Gabriel Arok, Economy, Opinion Articles, Opinion Writers

By Awuol Gabriel Arok, Juba, South Sudan    

farm in Bor, Jonglei state

A farm in Bor, Jonglei state, courtesy of Abel Majur Leek of Mareng, Anyidi payam 

February 13, 2017 (SSB) — There is nothing so pleasingly than to feast on one’s plate of hard work, my chief shout of admiration goes to the hard working people of Terekeka state , citizens of Terekeka should be commended and egged on, it is only after the  child is given a spoon that he begins to understand the practical way of eating, having witnessed the hard work of Mundari women of the Terekeka State during my petite vocational stay at Yieki Boma of the former Mongalla Payam from 2011-2013, hopefully there are agricultural viability in that part of the country, this is associated to the variety of soil type that are favourable for growing all types of crops and also prop up by people farming sanguinary.

With glimpse of farming in Terekeka State; youths look after cattle, sheep, goats and other stuffs such as fishing and hunting whereas the women, the aged and children attends the farms, as early as the day show its presence the households members wake up as early as 5 in the morning for the farm’s duties and afterward return in the evening at 7 in the evening after a long and arduous day works, while at a time others sleep at their farms. That moral fiber is production booster and therefore, should be shore up through agricultural components such as agricultural extension, Inputs supply in form of seeds, hoes, pangas, ploughs and wheelbarrows.

As the rainy season approaches, people of South Sudan who are in the status of peacefulness must have a farming marathon, this farming call should not be directed to the farmers alone but to everybody who can access agricultural land particularly the areas around Juba City such as Rejaf, Kondokoro, Mongalla, Rokon, Jebel Lado and other localities within Juba City must prioritize farming in order to have surplus production and feed the demanding markets with their produces.

What are we waiting if 10 thin leafy sticks of Kudura cost 50-70 SSP in the Markets, how profitable could it be if one grows an acre of Tomato and onion that are currently costing 50 SSP for one piece? Families must be out for farming during the coming rainy season, yes people along the fertile bank of our tireless Nile from Lologo to Juba Nabari on both Eastern and Western Banks should seize the opportunity that will in all probability reward them with one heavy meal a day and perhaps enable them send their children to school with some few mandazi that can substitute lunch at the schools.

Sitting on the feeding pains of 90 KGs bag of Cereal that came all the way from Renk to Juba at the ranging cost of 3,000-5,000 SSP because of transportation complications is unsustainable, but on the upper hand of hope as one goes around Nyakuron Market the shiniest groundnuts, simsim and maize grains that one sees mostly came from Terekeka State, in a really scrutiny of what is happening across the country people of South Sudan are suffering from poor believe of negativity.

Look at the recent Yei Coffee exportation that had been interrupted by the conflict, within duration of short time it was internationally recognized as one of the world best coffee, moreover, investors were eyeing Yei for more opportunities in the areas of Teaks and Mahogany, a year back Magwi, Torit and Pageri used to supply Juba with green maize, cassavas and sweet potatoes but now with terrorism inflicted by the bush rats around those areas and along the roads leading to Juba, those fresh home products will not be found in Juba in quantities.

Dear Citizens as the rainy season approaches, residential areas within Juba city that have sufficient land spaces need to be cultivated by the family members, this will free the residents of Juba City from the encumbrance of buying the popular households kudura with 50-70 SSP for 10 thin leafy sticks therefore, it is only a residential gardening that can save the residents of Juba from the ominous hunger.

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