A group of women farmers in Warrap state says they need help to protect their rice scheme from being destroyed in Twic county. The group said they have sixteen feddan with rice at various locations in Twic county.
The farms are in the areas of Aweng, Mangok Amuol, and Lol-Kou Ayien Amuol Boma.
Alek Piot Mayol is one of the women’s representatives. She says the rice field are at high risk of being destroyed by livestock.
She said any help to construct a fence around the farms would prevent animals from entering and grazed from their rice farmland.
Ms. Piot called upon the humanitarian agencies working in Warrap state to support fencing or construct dykes that will keep animals away.
The call for assistance came during a commemoration of “International Day of rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19. The day was celebrated in Twic county at Mangok Amuol Boma last week.
Mr. Yai Deng Yai is the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) project coordinator for food security and livelihood in Twic county. He said they supported the groups to plant rice but said they had no funds to construct fences around the farm fields.
Deng said that they did not foresee the risk of animals destroying rice fields but will include that in the next project to continue supporting women in the state.
The United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors women and girls living in rural areas on October 15 each year.
The event considered the role rural mothers, daughters, and grandmothers play in producing food and building agricultural and rural development worldwide.