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Friday, 14 December 2018

Government of Prime Minister Musa Opts for Agriculture to Boost National Economy

National Prime Minister Mutaz Musa led members of his government last Sunday morning heading towards Gezira State on board passenger buses for the first cabinet meeting outside the national capital of Khartoum, a move that indicates that the new government gives agricultural development top priority for realizing economic recovery and development in the country.
At the outset of the visit, the National Prime Minister and members of his cabinet paid a visit to the Agricultural Research Authority, where he stressed importance of scientific research in enhancing management of resources.
The National Prime Minister affirmed importance of the visit to the Agricultural Research Authority, saying that it is a clear signal that Sudan is a rational state that wants to realize economic development through agriculture by adopting a new program for development of farming and increasing productivity.
Musa asked the Agricultural Research Authority to work out clear scientific research program that covers the various states of the country, whose outcome shall be assessed by 2019, pledging provision of all requirements of the authority.
The delegation heard a detailed report presented by Director of the Authority Prof. Abu-Bakr Hussein, where he referred to the main challenges that face cultivation of wheat crop in Sudan, top of which the issues of seeds and technology transfer.
Prof. Hussein affirmed in his report keenness on improvement of seeds and direction of the indicators of production and agricultural development, saying that they have reactivated some 25 scientific researches.
He also stressed the importance of boosting membership of the Sudan in the international agricultural institutions so that the state would benefit from the advantages provided by these institutions and international technologies as well as participating in the agricultural information market effectively.
The delegation of the National Council of Ministers, then, paid a visit to a number of cotton ginneries in Gezira State. The visit also covered Seeds Production Unit of Sudan Cotton Company at Marinjan area, which provides best types of seeds.
The Prime Minister started the session of the National Council of Ministers in Medani town by an open sitting that lasted for more than six hours and discussed challenges facing the summer agricultural season, which is about to be concluded, and means of making the harvest operations a success, especially regarding issues of liquidity and fuel and other requirements.
The Cabinet also discussed in its meeting preparations for the forthcoming winter agricultural season, which target doubling wheat production.
The Council of Ministers also heard the report of its economic sector, presented by Minister of Industry and Trade Dr. Musa Karamah, whose recommendations included increasing funding ceiling for the farmers from SDG50,000 to SDG100,000 to meet requirements of both summer and winter agricultural seasons.
The Minister of Agriculture and Forests, Hassabal-Nabi Musa, on his part, tackled in his report arrangements for harvesting crops of the summer season and preparations for the winter season.
Main Decisions of Cabinet Meeting:
One of the main decisions reached by the session of the National Council of Ministers was increasing stabilization price of wheat from SDG750 to SDG1800 a bag as the Prime Minister said that all dealings of the Agricultural Bank would be settled according the announced stabilization price, considering this as satisfactory incentive for the farmers.
The Cabinet, according to the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Dr. Omer Mohamed Salih, praised the report presented by Governor of Gezira State Dr. Mohamed Tahir Aila, in which he reaffirmed commitment of his state to realize the aspirations of the Sudanese people by increasing agricultural production and productivity, reviewing the projects that have been implemented by the government of the state in the various fields of roads, water , health, education, and social development besides attraction of national and international investments and expanding processing industries by opening of 10 cotton ginneries for realizing added value for crops.
Echo of the Visit:
The visit by the delegation of the National Council of Ministers was met by great response by the citizens of Gezira State as it would end many of the causes of their sufferings, which were represented in many problems that greatly affected the main agricultural scheme in the country, the Gezira Scheme, and the Agricultural Research Corporation, which is one of the oldest research institution in Africa and the Middle East.