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YEI - 4 Dec 2019

Yei farmers record high crop harvests

Farmers in Yei River State say the support given to them by various humanitarian organizations has enabled them to record high crop yields this season.

The support has been in the form of seeds and farm tools.

Chaplain Luate, a farmer in Mugo village, told Radio Tamazuj on Tuesday that he was able to harvest quality maize, groundnuts, sorghum, beans and vegetables.

 “This year, I planted maize, sorghum and vegetables like onions and cabbage on my five fedans of land. All my produces have been excellent and pleasing,” Luate said.

He added, “I have more sacks of fresh cabbage going to the markets in Yei town every day and by next year, I intend to cultivate more crops to improve my economic status”.

Dara Elisa, a programme manager with United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), said more than 7,000 households in Lujule, Mugwo and Morobo counties received tools, fishing kits and seeds with support from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

He said the distribution of farm tools and implements to the farmers was aimed at reducing dependency syndrome on humanitarian assistance, boost organic food production as well as economically empower them through agriculture.

“In total, we were able to assist 7,665 household farmers who benefited from crop and vegetable kits, fishing kits, hand hoes to boost food production. In our post assessment results, we discovered that out of the distribution of the seeds, the levels of food production increased,” Dara explained.

He applauded the government and the opposition for cooperating with humanitarian organizations which extended support to vulnerable farmers.