18 June 2012

South Sudan: Australia Ready to Support Agriculture in South Sudan

press release

Juba — The special envoy of the Australian Prime Minister, Tim Fischer has expressed the readiness of the Australian government to boost the agricultural sector in South Sudan.

Mr Fischer who was happy with the performance of government expressed this on Friday in his courtesy call to the minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

He said they are launching an agricultural forum on Monday to mark the beginning of their agricultural support and food security in South Sudan. He stated that areas such as education, health and infrastructure are no exceptions either.

Dr Benjamin hailed the effort made by Australia saying South Sudan has long periods of rainfall that can allow the production of crops twice a year. Dr Benjamin urged the Australian government to also focus on rural roads to facilitate transfer of products to markets. He also appealed to the Australian government to assist in supporting South Sudan get membership in commonwealth.

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