South Sudan Receives Historic Fertilizer Consignment For Transforming Agricultural Production

After years of technological isolation due to protracted war, South Sudan prepares to transform its agricultural production from subsistence farming to commercial production by embracing the use of quality agricultural inputs with support of the United States of America (USA) Government.

JUBA, South Sudan

On March 11, South Sudan received its first-ever consignment of fertilizers, imported from Kenya and purchased with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through a new project – Seeds for Development – which is jointly implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
 
The use of agro-inputs is in line with new government policies aimed at increasing food production. This is the first time in the history of the southern Sudan region that farmers will be exposed to mineral fertilizers and hybrid seeds following the drafting of new government policies to increase agricultural production and productivity.

The fertilizer consignment, worth US$ 17,000, comprises six metric tons of Di-Ammonium Phosphate (DAP) for planting and six metric tons of urea for top dressing.
This consignment is designated for demonstrating the new technology to thousands of farmers on approximately 6,000 demonstration plots across South Sudan’s “greenbelt,” which transverses the three states of Central, Eastern and Western Equatoria.

Hybrid maize seed, selected from evaluation trials conducted in the Equatoria states by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry researchers with support from AGRA, will be used. The demo trials will be conducted in collaboration with the USAID-supported Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project.

About 85 percent of South Sudan’s population relies on agriculture for their livelihood. However, most of the country’s farmers use traditional farming methods, which barely meet their daily household consumption needs. The country imports a large portion of its food from Uganda and Kenya in order to keep up with the rapidly growing national food demand.

The use of fertilizers, together with improved seeds, will enable smallholder farmers to increase their production of staples, thus contributing to reducing the need for expensive food imports and improving household food security.  By also linking these farmers to markets, the USG will also contribute to increased income for these households.

Henry Jada Andrea,
Public Diplomacy Assistant,
US Consulate, Juba,
Tel: 202-216-6279 ext 267
Mobile: +256477313528/+24907488031
Email: Handrea@usaid.gov

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12/04/2012, 5:57 PM
 - Posted by Longa Angelo
Is really South Sudan needs usage of fertilizers as of now? This is just wastage of resources. Large lands in South Sudan do not need fertilizers. South Sudan should use this fertilizer carefully, otherwise we can degrade our very quickly. Some companies especially these Eastern African countries with fake products. I for one do not really have faith in them.
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