Aweil welcomes the revival of rice farming

Aweil welcomes the revival of rice farming
A rice farm.

The authorities in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal State have welcomed the revival of rice farming, which they believe could lead to the rehabilitation of the Aweil Rice Scheme.

This comes following the launch of the three agricultural projects in the country by the German ambassador to South Sudan, Tobias Eichner, on Wednesday.

The project is aimed at improving economic growth and eradicating persistent food insecurity in the country.

The Commissioner of Aweil Centre County, Peter Natali Okech, said the selection of Aweil in the government of German agriculture project would boost food production in the area.

It has been earmarked as one of the areas of operation for the German government and the Agricultural Development Projects Organization.

A high-level delegation from the national ministry of agriculture and food security is expected to travel to Aweil next month to launch the project.

“Aweil Centre is 100 per cent safe and stable. I ask  GIZ to move its headquarters to Aweil Centre instead of being in Juba to facilitate the management of their work,” he added.

However, he appealed to all the NGOs operating in the agricultural sector in the country to provide improved seeds to farmers. He stated that the existence of these quality projects helps to develop agriculture in the country and to move it from the stage of traditional agriculture to modern agriculture.

“These projects fight famine and localise agriculture.”

The Aweil Rice Scheme is one of the eight major agricultural schemes established by the Sudanese government in Northern Bahr el Ghazal during the colonial period.

However, since the South Sudan government took control of the scheme after independence, the production has been only from 3,000 hectares out of 11,000 hectares.

Project embraced

Speaking at the same event, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security for Western Equatoria State, Alison Balnaba Yacob, welcomed the submission of three new projects by the German government through its development agency GIZ.

“We have benefited from the workshop that was presented to us, and we will transfer everything we learned to the people in Yambio, and you will see its results on the ground soon.”

Meanwhile, the minister of agriculture and food security for Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Anei Deng Akok, said it was not the first time such projects had been introduced in the state.

He said this time they expect a positive outcome.

 “These projects will change the lives of citizens and will move them from the stage of traditional agriculture to modern ones, and will contribute to reducing famine in the country.”