South Sudan Agriculture Minister in Aweil for farming tour 

South Sudan Minister of environment Hon Josephine Lagu [center] during her reception at Aweil airstrip on Tuesday 23rd March 2021

The national Minister of Agriculture arrived in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state capital on Tuesday morning.

The top government official was accompanied by humanitarians supporting food security in the country.

Hon Josephine Lagu briefed the media said her two-day visit is to assess the Aweil Rice scheme and some agricultural projects implemented by partner organizations.

She assured the public that government would find alternative ways to support food production locally.

“The purpose of the visit is to see how the agricultural activities are continuing in NBGs. We know of the historic Aweil rice scheme, which was functioning very well. Our major purpose is to see its operating.”

The senior national government official further stated that only 3 percent of the land is used for agriculture in South Sudan despite the fertility of country soils. “Our country has a fertile arable land that needs us to cultivate so that we can be food secure.” Josephine said.

Director of World Food Program (WFP) and Agriculture Organization (FAO) ‘s representative participated in minister delegation to the state.

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