A two-day dialogue workshop on climate and smart agriculture for increased productivity of crops, livestock, and forestry production in South Sudan has been concluded yesterday in Juba.

The workshop organized by the research department of the national ministry of agriculture, forestry, animal resources, fishers, tourism, cooperatives and rural development in collaborating with the association for strengthening agricultural resources for Southern and Central Africa aimed at exploring avenues for sustainable and improved livelihood and income for the rural based people of South Sudan.

Edward Andrew Ashiek, Head of Agro Meteorology, South Sudan Metrological Department underscored the importance of availing “important information on climate change” to the citizens, saying it is crucial in mitigating some of the effects of climatic change.

“Installation of advanced technology to disseminate and deliver weather information and severe weather warnings via television, radio, mobiles, websites and newspapers is crucial in keeping the citizens informed thereby making them take informed decisions”, he said. He outlined full establishment of national metrological services, strengthening of the country’s data base system, establishment of upper air stations among others as measures that can help increase productivity in the country.

Another presenter Wani James, a representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in South Sudan said lack of technological input, quality seeds to the farmers in production areas, floods, birds such as the red-billed (quelea quelea) and pests are serious challenge to farmers in South Sudan.

Extensive poverty, skewed income distribution, deteriorated infrastructure, poor input supply chain, lack of effective and extension services among other have been outlined as constraints to increased productivity in the country!!!