This activity was successfully carried out from the local market. Among the seed bought included sorghum, maize, ground nuts and vegetables that included tomato, onion, water melon, pumpkin and cucumber. Overall, we bought 30 sacks of ground nuts, 345 kilograms of sorghum and 300 kilograms of maize, 45 kilograms of beans and 27 kilograms of sim sim. For the vegetables, we bought 450 grams of tomato, 450 grams of onion, 2.25 kilograms of okra, 450 grams of egg plant, 450 grams of cucumber, 2.25 kilograms of pumpkin and 450 grams of water melon.
These were taken to the MoA for germination test and a positive germination test result was issued, giving us a go ahead for distribution to the farmer groups. A total of 225 farmer group members benefited from the seed bought including 135 women and 90 men in Jur River County.
However, the newly formed groups were given slightly more seed than the old ones since they had nothing at all at hand to begin with, whereas the older groups already had some seed from their gardens for last year, such that the seed given to them this year was just a supplement.
It should be noted that some seeds were given as pilot tests to assess their performance and popularity among the farmer groups/communities, these included cucumber, water melon and onion. Cucumber is a new one but water melon and onion were given out last year and were not planted by the farmers.
Whereas among the local tools bought included molodas, rakes, sickles, hoes and axes. In total, 25 molodas, 25 rakes, 25 sickles, 25 hoes and 10 axes were procured and distributed to the newly formed groups in equal quantities. The old groups got these last year.
As for the ox ploughs, we had to import them from East Africa after failing to get them within despite the difficulty in delivering them. In total, 11 ploughs were procured and delivered to PCO office in Wau. Six of these have so far been given out to the first 6 farmer groups that were prioritized due to limited funds to get plough and oxen. 5 ploughs are kept pending procurement of more bulls in future given additional funds, or as advised by the DCR Project Manager.
The ploughs after assembling at the PCO office premises. 2 bulls and an ox plough being handed to the Kuajiena farmer group members by the PCO FSL Officer.
Apart from the Marial Bai situation, oxen and ox ploughs were given out strategically to also benefit CBO’s and DCR supported schools surrounding the farmer groups. This is aimed at creating a larger impact of the oxen and ploughs to the communities receiving these farm inputs. To mention, Kuajiena and Achot are some of the Bomas in which CBO’s will also benefit from the ploughs and oxen on agreement with the Bull/Oxen Management Committees that were formed at the time of distributing the bulls and oxen.
12 healthy bulls of between 1 year and 1.5 years were bought from the livestock local market in Wau with the help of a veterinary doctor from the MoAR for the first 6 groups (Marial Bai, Wadhalel, Kuajiena, Kuom, Achot and Barwol). This was after receiving a letter of approval from the MoAR. To each of the groups, 2 bulls and 1 ox plough were given, pending training by Save the Children. The number of bulls had to be reduced to 6 (six) in order to allow us acquire the ox ploughs from Uganda which proved more expensive than earlier estimated. Part of the Livestock budget was therefore shifted to the procurement of the ploughs because the bulls are locally available and can be got any time, given funds.