Yei, 06 June, 2020 / 3:20 am (ACI Africa).
Caritas South Sudan, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the Eastern Africa country, has given seeds and farm tools to over 900 households in the Catholic Diocese of Yei to improve livelihoods and to contribute to economic growth in the country.
Angelo Diuk, the Emergency Coordinator of Caritas in South Sudan’s Yei Diocese, told Radio Easter, one of the radios of the Catholic Radio Networks (CRN) in South Sudan, that the aid targeted some 1,960 farmers in the diocese.
“We received these seeds in February and we wanted to distribute them immediately in March for the first cultivation season but unfortunately the issue of COVID-19 came and interrupted our activities,” Mr. Diuk said in the Wednesday, June 3 report.
According to the Caritas South Sudan official, the Church entity he coordinates is seeking to see the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Diocese of Yei supporting themselves by planting the seeds availed to them.
“We are asking the IDPs to make use of the plots that have been assigned to them and to make use of these seeds properly for their own benefit and (for the) benefit of their families,” he said and added, “We would not like to see that these IDPs who received the tools and seeds take these seeds and tools to the market and sell.”