Lainya County embarks on agriculture booms food production

Lainya County embarks on agriculture booms food production
The Governor of Central Equatoria State, Emmanuel Adil Anthony meets with commissioner of Lainya County, Emmanuel Khamis. [Photo: Gubernatorial Press]

Lainya County Commissioner Emmanuel Khamis, said the residents in the area have embarked on agriculture due to the relative peace in the area.

The remarks came during his briefing to the Central Equatoria State governor, Emmanuel Adil Anthony, on Monday.

“The commissioner briefed the state leadership on the general security situation in the area. There is relative calm and locals are greatly embarking on agricultural activities,” the state governor’s spokesperson, Derick Derickson, said in a statement.

Khamis stated that the infrastructural projects initiated by the state government were progressing.

He hailed Governor Adil for ensuring stable security in the state as well as supporting development projects.

In February, commissioners of Yei and Lainya counties stated that the construction of the Juba, Yei, and Kaya roads would improve trade in the area.

Robert Pitia, the chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce, said after touring counties in Central Equatoria State that a lot needed to be done to empower women and youth to strive in business.

“We want the different organisations and development partners that deal with the economy, women, and youth to provide a helping hand to those who need help,” he said.

He promised to open stores in all the counties so that locals would not depend on wholesalers and retailers.

 “We only need a place for agriculture and stores for our goods. We have already set up to provide cheap goods to traders. We must help the people today and not tomorrow,” he said.

“We have talked to the commissioners and have accepted to provide us any necessary assistance that we need, and we are starting immediately.”

The leading food producers in Central Equatoria State are Yei, Morobo, Lainya and Kajo Keji counties but agriculture in the areas has been disrupted since the onset of violence in 2016, leaving residents dependent on humanitarian aid.

According to Chapters 4.15.1.4 and 4.15.1.5 of the revitalised agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), the ministry of finance was to establish a youth enterprise development fund and a women’s enterprise development fund within the first 12 months of the transitional period to provide credit to women and youth entrepreneurs.

In February, the Ministry of Finance signed a 4 years development plan of $43.7M with partners like UN Women, UNFAO and UNDP to support local people.

The UNDP targeted 60 per cent of females to take the lead in private businesses and entrepreneurship.

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