Farmers worry of looming hunger

Small scale farmers in Warrap State. Photo, Justin Madut

Farmers in the Warrap state and Abyei region expect a poor harvest that has created fear for food crisis next year.

The planting period started  late June through July followed by heavy rains resulting to massive flood in the area.

Some farmers said that their crops could not properly be weeded due to the floods. They expressed fears over looming hunger year as a result of the failed crops and expected poor harvest spotlights. 

Farmers lamented that most people in the villages are only dependant on crop farning for food. 

Mr. Atem Deng Chuor, a farmer from Nyideng Ayuel village, says he planted four feddans of sorghum but could not weed due to the rains. 

’If these four feddans were to yield well, I would not talk of shortage of food next year, but it is bad. Instead, I have decided to sell  some cows and keep the money so that I buy sorghums in December or January at any price available in the market.’’

Nhomachot Garang Deng in Ayien Amuol area said his family usually survived on farming but would not hope for a better harvest this year.  

Deng said that he secured 14 sacks of sorghum last year, and this year, he increased the size of the farms, but all got flooded.

‘’I sold my bulls to cultivate the farm in June, but after successful cultivation, the rains never stopped. The crops standing in the water now and no hope completely even to get two sacks from it”, he said.

The Farmers urged the affected people to properly plan for food stock for next year. They said livestock should be sold to buy food reserves.  

While in Abyei region, most people did not cultivate due to constant insecurity in the area.  The farmers blamed lack of time and displacement for not cultivating. They claimed they were mostly sheltered in Abei town. 

The Secretary-General of Twic county Nyuol Kon Mawien says the plans on how to rescue the situation shall be made when the state cabinets are appointed.

Nyuol told Mayardit FM that there were plans for his office to conduct the flood assessment in the entire Twic County.

The floods have affected many parts of South Sudan this year making President Salva Kiir declare a state of emergency for Jonglei and Pibor administrative area.

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