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06 February 2024, 15:17

South Sudan interested in Belarus’ best practices in crop production

MINSK, 6 February (BelTA) – South Sudan is interested in cooperation with Belarus in agriculture. This matter was discussed at a meeting with a South Sudan delegation at the Agriculture and Food Ministry of Belarus, BelTA has learned.

“We are looking for reliable partners as we are trying to foster our economic growth. Our main focus now is agriculture. We are well aware of the capabilities of Belarus in this field,” said South Sudan Minister of Investment Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol. “South Sudanese lands are very fertile. About 70% of our territory can be used as agricultural lands, but we use much less. We want to show Belarus the potential of Africa, listen to your proposals and invite you to South Sudan,” he said.

According to South Sudan Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Lily Albino Akol Akol, about 10 years ago they purchased 1,000 tractors from Belarus. “This area of cooperation is of particular interest to us, since Belarus is one of the leading producers of agricultural machinery. For example, we could consider building a factory to assemble tractors in South Sudan. We also need component parts for tractors, including plows, trailers, attachments and more,” she said.

According to Lily Albino Akol Akol, the country has seven agricultural zones, each of which is suitable for cultivating crops. This represents great opportunities for investment in crop production.

“It is important to mention the potential of our fishing industry. We are also Africa’s leader in terms of livestock per capita. Accordingly, we can offer good terms for building dairy complexes. In addition, we are looking for opportunities to increase the grain yield,” the deputy minister noted.

South Sudan Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning Agok Makur Kur, in turn, expressed interest in exchanging best practices and technologies for obtaining vegetable oil from various crops. “We want to revive the coffee and tea industries. Another key crop for us is cotton that can be used to produce clothing and oil. We also seek to ramp up production of vegetables - cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, as well as fruits - oranges, mangoes,” he informed.
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