AUTHOR: Daniel Garang Deng | PUBLISHED: July 26, 2023
Emmanuel Adil Anthony, Governor of Central Equatoria state, testing the tractors before sending them off on July 25, 2023. |Credit | Governor's Press Unit
The Central Equatoria State Governor Emmanuel Adil said he sent 13 tractors to all the six counties with an intention to revive local economy through agriculture by boosting local food production.
Adil said during the handover ceremony on Tuesday that his government is committed to improving local farming and food security, and urged the counties to establish cooperatives in their respective localities.
“I am honored to hand over these tractors as it affirms the revival of the economy through agriculture. I direct that these tractors be taken to all counties,”and urge the agriculture minister to establish cooperative societies,” Adil said.
Adil further direct the ministry of cooperatives and rural development to ensure the cooperatives are established.
“I urge the ministry to establish cooperative societies as this is yet the beginning and we hope for more of this machinery to come,” he added.
Peter Lujo Yosepata, minister of cooperatives and rural development call on farmers to mange the tractors properly for long term services.
“I want to urge you our farmers, through the guidance of the county commissioners, to utilize these tractors effectively and manage them properly. The ministries of agriculture and cooperatives will work closely with farmers to ensure the timely distribution of quality seeds to the farmers,” Lujo stated.
The speaker of the Central Equatoria state legislative assembly, Peter Wani Elia Kulang, applauded the state governor for the development noting that taking tractors to the counties is a good step toward services delivery.
“We are moved by the services that are going to be rendered close to our civil population in the six counties. Some of us in parliament wanted the leadership of the government to take services close to the people in the rural areas,” Wani expressed gratitude.
The tractors will be distributed two for each county of the six counties while Juba county will get three tractors due to it huge population.