Invest in agriculture, Alic tells Jonglei State residents

Invest in agriculture, Alic tells Jonglei State residents

Dr. James Alic Garang, Governor of Central Bank of South Sudan, addressing Bor town residents on Saturday [Photo: Matik Kueth, The City Review]

The Governor of the Bank of South Sudan, Dr James Alic Garang, urged Jonglei State residents to invest in agriculture to boost food production in the state.

Alic, who spoke during a press briefing at Jonglei State’s secretariat over the weekend, appealed to the locals to venture into farming once the rainy season begins.

“I would like to echo and reiterate two key messages that President Kiir would like to convey to his people across the state. One of them is a similar emphasis on telling all of you to invest in agriculture,” Alic said.

He added, “Jonglei has the potential to contribute to South Sudan being the best basket, not just for Africa but for the world. And as some others are saying, we could be the Ukraine of Africa,” he said.

He said investing in agriculture was the message President Salva Kiir gave him to communicate to the people of Jonglei State.

“The president wants his people to engage well in agriculture because it will be one way to improve production and one way to raise the living standard of our people,” he said.

However, Denay Chagor, Governor of Jonglei State, noted that there could be no peaceful cultivation if armed youth from the Greater Pibor Administrative Area do not stop attacking Jonglei residents in the villages.

“I want to tell you that agriculture will not be possible if the Greater Pibor Administrative Area won’t refrain from attacking us. Coexisting side by side will not be possible if our children are being abducted by the Murle people every single day. So, this is something the national government should deal with,” he stated.

Governor Chagor said it is the role of the national government to deal with the issue of deploying forces in areas with insecurity, not the mandate of the state government.

 “For us here, we can not send our forces to Pibor; it is up to the central government to deal with that. For us, we can solve our own problems. But everything else, our contribution as a country will never be missing; we will be there and building peace in our country. We will always be there as a state, and though many of us are in Juba, we will always be there,” he said.