AVSI distributes crop seeds to farmers in Kapoeta South
AUTHOR: Clement Otto Anthony | PUBLISHED: November 17, 2023
Some of the beneficiaries receiving the seeds | Credit| Singaita 88.3 FM reporter Clement Otto Anthony
Some local farmers in Kapoeta South County of Eastern Equatoria have started receiving seedlings from AVSI Foundation with support from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) since Monday this week.
The seedlings include Maize, Tomato, pumpkin, Amaranthus, sorghums and others.
According to AVSI Foundation, they are targeting 2500 local farmers in Kapoeta South County.
Mr. Ben Alex, facilitator officer for food security and livelihood for AVSI urged the farmers to make use of the seeds despite receiving help at a late session.
Adding that, the farmers should not sell the seeds.
“We received the seeds from our donor late, but the beneficiaries still have a better chance to make use of them-let them cultivate along the river shores. They should not sale them out because if they cultivate, it will help them support their family, we don’t want to hear them complain of hunger next year,” said Ben.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to Singaita 88.3 FM expressed their happiness to AVSI Foundation.
They say they will make good use of the seeds by cultivating them near Singaita river since there is no rain.
“I am happy to receive the seed. It will help me and my family when I cultivate it just near the riverside,” said David Lokuru.
“I have got all the types of seeds, and this will help my family a lot- I will not make the mistake of selling them because if I cultivate, then I will be able to sale some in the market to get money to cater for my family need,” Regina Nagerita added.
“We received all kinds of seed to help us support the family,” said Losike Naguro.
They appeal to AVSI Foundation to continue supporting farmers with more seeds and offer training to the farmers on crop protection.