AUTHOR: Clement Otto Anthony | PUBLISHED: June 29, 2023
Some of the beneficiaries receiving the maize seeds | Credit| Singaita 88.3 FM reporter Clement Otto Anthony
AVSI Foundation in Kapoeta South County of Eastern Equatoria with support from Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has started distribution of maize seeds to the local farmers this week on Wednesday.
The distribution of maize seed targets about 10,000 local farmers in Kapoeta East County.
Mr. Andrea Loteng, the head of farmers in Kapoeta South County, said the maize distribution came at the right time when farmers needed support and provision of seeds.
Thus, says it will help farmers to start cultivating to eradicate hunger in the County.
‘’ the distribution of the maize seeds started yesterday [Wednesday] and it will continue until the target number is reached across the County. I urge the local farmers to use the seeds in an appropriate manner, they should not eat them but rather they should cultivate because it is already the rainy season,’ he said.
He appreciates the organization for distributing the maize seeds but appealing for other sides like sorghum, vegetable, and tomato seeds to be distributed should there be any distribution next time.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to Singaita 88.3 FM expressed their gratitude to AVSI.
They hope rainfall will start soon so that they can make good use of the seeds through cultivation.
‘‘we received the maize seeds only because the organization said they don’t have other seeds, our only worry is rain because what we had planted earlier on got dried up, we pray it rains so that when we cultivate this one, it may yield well,’’ said Jane Ilolong
‘’We got the seed but now we are only praying for the rain so that we cultivate. If it grows this will help us with the family,’ Mary Naboi added.
‘‘I will not have to go to the market to buy maize flour because when I cultivate this one and it germinates well, I will harvest enough,’ Regina Ihisa expressed.
They are appealing to AVSI Foundation to bring more different types of seed so that they can cultivate and help their families: