The Fight Against Drought Should Be Intensified, Says Minister

The Environment Minister Alfred Ladu Gore has said that all countries should work towards the eradication of drought which is widely recognized as a hazard occurring as a consequence of the natural climatic changes.

The Fight Against Drought Should Be Intensified: Minister
The Environment Minister Alfred Ladu Gore said drought may be increasing in frequency and severity given the changing climatic conditions and declared that countries should work towards curbing drought. [Gurtong| File]

By Juma John Stephen

JUBA, 19 March 2013 [Gurtong] –The minister was speaking in Juba soon after arrival from a UN conference in Geneva.

“The focus of the conference was on the national drought policy which of course was drawn from various experiences from the countries who attended. A lot of issues came up about the catastrophic effect of drought which are not only affecting African countries,” said Gore.

According to Gore, drought may be increasing in frequency and severity given the changing climatic conditions and after the four-day conference the members declared that countries should work towards curbing drought to avoid disaster.

“All the countries all over the World, including South Sudan are urged to take a pro-active role in promoting drought resilient policies so that we don’t wait for drought to happen,” said Gore.

The role of farmers is essential in the fight against drought. The farmers can use drought-resistant crop varieties and techniques that boost soil fertility as ways to increase productivity and sustainability in drought-prone areas.

“We must prevent drought by planting so many trees and by conserving our forests,” he added.
Gore said the conference calls for a holistic approach to help shape the future global development agenda and make people more resilient to droughts.

Reaction to droughts in most parts of South Sudan is generally slow in terms of crisis management and poorly coordinated efforts.

According to the minister, the conference provided practical insight into useful, science-based actions to address the key drought issues being considered by governments.
 

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