Tombura-Yambio, 27 June, 2023 / 4:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The rainy season in parts of South Sudan provides an opportunity to practice farming, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) has said, and directed that Catholic institutions in his Episcopal See set invest in farming.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Tuesday, June 27, Bishop Hiiboro says, “I am calling upon all of the Parishes and Institutions under my diocese to start a one-acre farm (or more as per your capacity) during this rainy season.”
He emphasizes that the piece of land set aside for farming “must be within the official church-leased land”, and adds, “This directive does not prevent creativity of any place should they wish to do more than one acre.”
The South Sudanese Catholic Bishop further directs Parishes to “use Sunday collections twice a month from July to November 2023 to support the realization of this (farming) initiative.”
“I am also directing that we keep aside offerings for two Sundays and use them for the purposes of farming,” Bishop Hiiboro says in the statement dated June 24, and adds, “From the offerings, we can be able to purchase seeds, and clear and plow the land.”