Netherlands offers $9 million for road works in South Sudan’s Equatorial region

The Kingdom of Netherlands has channeled nine million US dollars for rehabilitation of feeder roads in the South Sudan’s Equatorial region to improve access to farmers.

The road project which is expected to last for 4-years is expected to start by January next year, and will be implemented by the World Food Program in one of the richest regions of South Sudan which include Yambio, Magwi and Torit.

According to Adan Kan, the UN food agency country director,  over 10,000 small scale farmers are estimated to benefit from the project as it will enable them to access farms and markets for their produce.

“Improved markets to farmers are essential if we are to increase agricultural production, generate economic growth and reduce hunger and poverty.” he said

The roads will also he said: “enable access to clinics and other amenities and in the process will open up land for agriculture in Eastern and Western Equatoria States.”

Mr Kan further said that nationals will get the benefit of employment opportunities.

  • Meanwhile, the Netherlands Ambassador in Juba, Janet Alberda, said:

“Now these roads are not meant for armed groups. So we hope that the peace agreement will continue to play its course.”