WFP connects 22,000 millet farmers to South Sudan market

25Oct 2021
The Guardian
WFP connects 22,000 millet farmers to South Sudan market

MORE than 22,000 farmers in five districts in Dodoma Region have been connected to millet farmers in South Sudan where the crop is in high demand.

The farmers have been connected by World Food Programme (WFP) whereby so far they have already sold a total of 17,000 tonnes of the crop earning them 9bn/- in the last two years.

Addressing reporters here at the weekend, the Head of WFP mini office, Neema Sitta said farmers who have started benefitting from the crop come from Dodoma, Kondoa, Chemba, Mpwapwa and Bahi districts.

She added that they have benefitted from the WFP agriculture project in collaboration with the government of Tanzania.

"Millet is in great demand in South Sudan and WFP conducts special programme in its cultivation in more than 200 villages in villages in Dodoma Region,” said Neema.

She said WFP has been looking for markets for the farmers from private institutions in South Sudan while it is also part of buyers to supply food to refugee camps.

"In the project which we collaborate with the government, we have begun with 203 villages in Dodoma Region and the aim is to expand the project as there is a great demand for millet in South Sudan,” she added.

"We, at WFP as government partners we are proud of this project, as it has been of great success, but we have also discovered that the crop is in great demand in South Sudan,” Neema added.

She added that due to the great market demand, WFP is contemplating to expand the project by involving many other districts as well as other regions in Tanzania.

She said in the programme next phase, they plan to increase many more crops including sunflower to increase its availability in the country.

“For example, just recently the government has asked us, if we can to invest in sunflower cultivation especially due to the challenges on edible oil shortage, we are therefore thinking to do that in order to increase the supply of edible oil,” she said.