Western Equatoria refugees receive tractors 

Western Equatoria refugees receive tractors 

Refugees in Makpandu camp in Yambio County, Western Equatoria State, have received two tractors from the state ministry of agriculture to boost food production.

The camp hosts about 20,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, and other countries.

In an interview with The City Review, the state minister of agriculture, Alison Barnaba, said the support was part of the ministry’s plan to ensure the refugees produce enough food to supplement their monthly food ratio from the UN agencies.

“It is the ministry’s policy to engage everybody in farming this year, whether you are a citizen, a foreigner, or a refugee, provided that you follow the regulations of how to farm,” he said.

He added that it is important for the refugees to have farms of maize and groundnuts to produce enough food for themselves.

“As a refugee or displaced person, though you are given food ratios, you need to have a supplement because you cannot continue eating other important foods,” said Barnaba, referring to the balanced diets.

He said the refugees have been organised into groups and trained on how to cultivate with the tractors.

“The training has been going on for those who will be farming, and the extension workers will be deployed from the ministry and from the county agriculture department to help the refugees learn how to farm because it needs civic education for those interested in farming.”

He challenged the nationals to learn from what the refugees are doing.

“Let us all join hands together and work this year collectively so that we can be able to produce enough food.”

Barnaba appealed to the national ministry of agriculture and food security to support the local farmers in the states.

“To my notice, there is going to be severe hunger in South Sudan due to the war in the neighbouring countries. That is why I am interested and insist that people should farm.”