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Gov’t offers sorghum at subsidized prices

Gov’t offers sorghum at subsidized prices
Trucks laden with bags of sorghum in Kuajok on Monday, April 10, 2023 | Credit | Daniela Awut/Facebook

The national government has offered states bags of sorghum to be sold to residents at subsidized prices across the country.

This is in line with the the resolutions of the 2022 Governors’ Forum to fight hunger in the country.

The food, according to the minister of trade in Lakes State –which has received its share of 15,000 bags — was purchased in Khartoum by National Ministry of trade and industry.

At the moment, a 50kg bag of sorghum is selling at 40,000 South Sudanese pounds.

Hon. Rebecca Enock, however, says each bag of sorghum will be sold at 25,000 Pounds to ordinary people, of which  women will be given first priority.

“The 25,000 Pounds will again be sent back to buy more food until our local production yields enough food. And that is when we will stop bringing sorghum from Sudan,” Ms Enock told Mingkaman FM.

Meanwhile, local government of Warrap State has confirmed receipt of 46,000 bags of sorghum to be sold in the six counties.

William Wol, state minister of information, says the locals will greatly benefit from the grains since the area had poor harvests this season due to flooding.

“I want to inform the community that the sorghum was brought to be sold at low prices in order to reduce the price of the sorghum in the market,” Wol told Mayardit FM on Thursday.

The officials have warned of serious consequences should anyone be found selling the sorghum in the market.