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'Restore agricultural subsistence system in Sudan': expert

November 13 - 2015 KHARTOUM
Palm trees growing on the Ashu land in between the land inundated by the Nile in Northern Sudan (David Haberlah)
Palm trees growing on the Ashu land in between the land inundated by the Nile in Northern Sudan (David Haberlah)

An agricultural expert in Sudan has called for the return of agricultural subsistence projects, and restoring agricultural administrations under the Ministry, in a way to contribute to food security in the country.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Dr Hamid El Nayer explained that the purposes of the subsistence projects or self-sufficiency farming would be the provision of food security, reduction of poverty, provision of employment opportunities, and stability for Sudanese citizens. “If the Sudanese government is serious, it has to return such projects all over Sudan. They are the real solution to the lack of food.”

Subsistence farmers focus on growing enough food to feed themselves and their families. The typical subsistence farm has a range of crops and animals needed by the family to feed and clothe themselves during the year. 

El Nayer added that the restoration of agricultural administrations under the Ministry of Agriculture would lead to their full knowledge of everything happening in the places of production.

The agricultural expert expressed his concern that all state policies in the field of agriculture have failed, leading to the damaging of agricultural projects. “They turned farmers into displaced people and migrants to the cities, in search of jobs,” he claimed.


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