Finance Minister Announces Providing Funds to Implement the Tripartite Programme
The Minister of Finance and National Economy, Ali Mahmoud Abdul Rasoul, has said finance is available for expanding the production of wheat cotton , peanuts, sunflower for implementing the three-year economic program.
He said the country will be self-sufficient in these items in three years time.
He added fodder, insecticides are available for implementing the program plan, and that they cost $ 65 million, with irrigation infrastructure costing SDG 50 million to be drawn from the general budget.
He added banking guarantees of SDG 100 million will also be made available for the three-year period for growing cotton in al Gazeira.
The minister made the statement in the meeting of the ministerial committee concerned with the implementation of three-year agricultural promotion program held at his office in the ministry.
The minister added that funds are available for expanding the growing of wheat and the amount of $ 50 million for fodder compounds and grass insecticides for cultivating 400,000 feddans in Al Gazeira in addition to 150,000 feddans at each of White Nile and Halfa Sates.
He said the sum of SDG 100 million has been allocated for land leveling and electrification of projects at the Northern State.
For his part, the minister of agriculture and forests, Dr. Ismael Al Mutaafi, said his ministry's plan for the three-year program targets the cultivation of 650,000 feddans of cotton in the irrigated area in Al Gazeira, 300,000 feddans (200,000 feddans at Rahad, Halfa and Souki and 100,000 feddans at Sennar and White Nile State.
He said there will be expansion in growing oil seeds by using modern technology and special fodder program.
The minister added that poultry products will also be expanded and fodder will be made available so that consumption of red meat is reduced and exports promoted.
Dr. Al Mutaafi said the ministry is planning to grow 2 million feddans of sorghum in the irrigated and rain -fed areas.
He said model farms of 10,000 feddans each will be cultivated through finance by Northern State ministry of finance.
The minister added that a committee composed of the ministry of agriculture, animal resources and industry will be formed for developing animal resources and promote export in addition to the supply of 10,000 heads of fattened calves.
For his part, the governor of the Central Bank of Sudan, Dr. Mohammed Khair Al Zubair, said the CBoS is ready to provide finance for cultivating high lands far away from the Nile at Northern State with wheat for contributing to self-sufficiency and export in the next the years.
He called on the ministry of agriculture to prepare full studies since these projects will contribute to food security of the country.
By Staff Writer, 15/01/2012