When war broke out in South Sudan, Kumbu Pipi fled with his family to Congo. The only way he could come back was when he was assured there is peace in the country.
“The Lord Resistance Army (LRA) locally known as Tongotongo was being hunted down through the Andari forest near our village. They had killed 13 villagers and that’s when we saw things had worsened we fled to Congo,” Pipi narrates.
The family came back early this year and found all their farms had been razed down. He says he was however happy to recover his farm of two fedans.
He was trained during the Emergency Food Crisis and Response Project (EFCRP) on modern agricultural practices and also received seeds and farm tools.
“It is my first season to plant maize after being trained and I know I will get a good harvest,” he adds.
The Director General of Ministry of Agriculture, Western Equatorial state Mr Marcello Costantino says the Ministry is working in conjunction with Action Africa Help South Sudan (AAH South Sudan) to ensure farmers are trained on modern planting practices, post-harvest and value addition to ensure good agronomic practices.
He also says the collaboration is working towards creating markets for farmers’ produce to help farmers move towards commercialization of their products.
This he says will have long term effects on the region, both economically and socially.
By Lilian Museka, Freelance Journalist