26 November 2012

South Sudan: Second Agricultural Trade Fair to Take Place On Tuesday

Juba — The second agricultural trade fair and conference is expected to take place on November 27 at Nyakuron Cultural centre in Juba.

This year's trade fair with the theme "Food security is the other side of human security" comes as the second agricultural trade fairs organized by the ministries of Agriculture and Animal Resource as an annual event according to Timothy Thwol Onak, the chairperson of the second Agricultural Trade Fair and conference.

The trade fair is intended to bring together the country's famers from ten states to share experiences and gain lessons from the participants both at regional and international levels who will be taking part.

Mr. Onak who is also the Director General of Forestry in the ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said the fair is expected to provide a platform for farmers in the country to gain the most modern technologies used in today's agricultural production, forestry, animal production and fisheries.

The trade fair further seeks to give an opportunity for the local farmers to display and sell their products as a socio-economic activity. Mr Onak explained that besides selling, the fair would as well bring service providers in agricultural production to interact with farmers.

He said with the trade fair, they seek to provide an 'eagle's eye' into the investment opportunities the new country provides in agricultural production, animal resource and fisheries for foreign investors.

"The main objective of the agricultural trade fair is to promote and encourage foreign investors to invest in agriculture", said Onak. He further said the government is focusing on improving agricultural production through better and modern farming methods in order to combat food insecurity.

Officials from line ministries such as water and irrigation, environment, wildlife, and commerce both at national and state levels are expected to attend the fair which will be opened by President Salva Kiir Mayardit. Top government officials are expected to participate in the trade fair and conference including all the state governors who are present in Juba for the governors' forum.

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