Construction of new road to Aweil rice scheme ongoing

The government has launched the construction of a crucial road connecting Aweil town to the Aweil rice scheme in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state.

The national Ministry of Agriculture and the state government in collaboration with development partners initiated the 25-kilometer road on Tuesday.

A team from the African Development Bank (AFDB), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) visited the site to kick-start the construction.

Themba Bhebhe, AFDB Country Director said the road will help farmers access market and improve production.

“This is your regional project that cover other countries like Ethiopia and others which we put a lot of resources to make this program to address food security. I hope the farmers will use this opportunity to use the facilities to secure food security thank you,” he said.

He is urging people to focus on agriculture to fight food insecurity.

Mashack Malo, FAO Country Representative said Aweil rice scheme is a 13-basin project in which they expect to start with only four basins.

“Infrastructure is very important part of the changes of development.”

Aweil rice scheme is South Sudan’s largest rice production site that has been redundant since the country gained independence in 2011.