Dr. Igga urges youth to embark on agriculture to eliminate poverty

Dr. Igga urges youth to embark on agriculture to eliminate poverty

The Vice President and Chairperson of the Economic Cluster, Dr. James Wani Igga, called on the youth to embark on agriculture to eliminate poverty in the country.

Dr. Igga, who was speaking during the lecture on rural development yesterday, appealed to the youth in the state to develop a strategy to address the communities’ needs.

He challenged the youth in Juba County, who organised the event, to embark on agriculture to eradicate poverty in the state.

“Youth need to work hard in the state and eliminate poverty through agriculture for the country to fight hunger,” Dr. Igga said.

He said that for poverty to be eliminated, there is a need for youth to have proper planning, cooperation, and a spirit of voluntarism in the Central Equatoria State.

“To the youth, everything that you are doing must lead to poverty elimination from the communities. If you fail to do that, the country will not develop, and people will not be happy,” Dr. Igga said.

According to Igga, the rural development program will empower youth for effective management and development of the country.

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the Juba County Youth, Emmanuel Laku, urged the youth to cooperate for the betterment of the counties and the state at large.

“To all the youth who are here, take this message to the Payam and Boma; it’s time for us to embark on agriculture here in the state,” said Laku.

Last July, the Governor of Central Equatoria State, Emmanuel Adil, handed over 13 tractors to the six counties of the state to boost agricultural production.

Speaking to the media at the state secretariat at the time, Adil said the state government was committed to reviving the economy through agriculture and that the tractors would improve food security in the state and the country at large.

“I am honoured to hand over these tractors, as it affirms the revival of the economy through agriculture. I therefore direct that these tractors be taken to all counties and urge the agriculture minister to establish cooperative societies with the counties,” he said.

In 2022, President Salva Kiir Mayardit urged citizens to embark on agriculture to produce sufficient food to curb hunger. Kiir spoke during a tour of his maize and rice farms in Luri.

“If every household across the country does this, we would have sufficient food, and we would not be complaining of food shortages and hunger,” he said in a statement shared by the office of the president.

“I encourage every household to do something productive and innovative for themselves in the country.”