By Jurugo Emmanuel Ogasto
With the onset of the rainy season, several farmers, including South Sudanese refugees residing in the Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in Yumbe district, have been supported with farm inputs and seeds as part of efforts to address food insecurity in the camps.
The intervention comes at a time when a section of refugees have already crossed back to South Sudan, citing reduced food ratios from World Food Programme last year.
The farm inputs were donated by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) with support from the European Union Trust Fund yesterday.
Speaking No.1 Citizen Daily Newspaper, Cyrus Kolovo one of the beneficiaries, said these farm inputs will help them to eradicate poverty in the settlement.
‘’When you get food from the farm, it is not costly and you can save money for other things like school fees,’’ he said.
Mr. Jogo Titus, the refugee desk officer in Yumbe district, urged both the South Sudanese refugees and Ugandan nationals to make use of what they have received.
‘’I know many would wish to sell these things but I ask you to get to your farms and make use of it,’’ he urged.
Utua Cezira, a woman leader in the settlement, suggested that men and their wives should come together and plan what they have got from the NGOs.
‘’I ask my fellow women to plan together with their husbands,” she said.
Reports indicate that more than 1,000 South Sudanese have voluntarily gone back to their home country because of hunger with aim of tilling in their arable land.