SOUTH SUDAN / THAI AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE

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23-Jul-2021 00:03:54
The Thai Horizontal Mechanical Engineering Company (HMEC) attached to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have created agricultural demonstration plots at the Yei Checkpoint in the capital of Juba in an effort to teach residents of the three surrounding communities how to successfully grow food by which they can feed themselves with what they have. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / THAI AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 23 JULY 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1.Various shots, Thai HMEC Agricultural Plots
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Major Tiwa Kampeers, Agriculture Team Leader, Thai HMEC:
“The King of Thailand Philosophy, namely Sufficiency Economy Philosophy or SEP highlights on a balanced way of living. Basically it is composed of three pillars which are; Motivation, Reasonableness and Prudence along with two conditions: Morality and Knowledge. Moreover it can be applied to any level of society from an individual to a country. That’s why SEP has to be a cogwheel for peacebuilding in South Sudan.”
3.Wide shot, plots
4.Close up, Okra plant
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Victor Onenchan, Head, Sub-National Office, Food and Agriculture Organization:
“As FAO we are so grateful for anybody who contributes towards eradicating or seeing that we have zero hunger in this word. It’s part of the Sustainable Development Goals, if you have seen them. Our efforts are to see that there is absolutely zero hunger in the world.”
6.Wide shot, FAO representative handing over tool to Yei Checkpoint Police Commander
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Jaak Buom Gathuak, Resident, Juba IDP Camp:
“The situation in South Sudan is very bad because there is not enough food because of the lack of agriculture, because we don’t do it. When I began doing this, I got the knowledge of how to do it and I am now at the capacity to make it by myself and to …(teach other) South Sudanese as well.”
8.Various shots, Major Tiwa speaking to guests
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col. Kaisin Sasunee, Commander, Thai HMEC commander:
“Even though we are just a little part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, we try to do our best to develop and support this community and this country to be better in the future.”
10.Various shots,, agriproducts on display
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Major Tiwa Kampeers, Agriculture Team Leader, Thai HMEC:
“I have thought Junubi how to fish for a lifetime not just give them for the day.”
12.Various shots, Cooking demonstration

STORYLINE:

The Thai Horizontal Mechanical Engineering Company (HMEC) attached to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have created agricultural demonstration plots at the Yei Checkpoint in the capital of Juba in an effort to teach residents of the three surrounding communities how to successfully grow food by which they can feed themselves with what they have.

The communities at the Yei Checkpoint area comprise of two former UN Protection sites--PoC 1 and 3.

Thai peacekeepers carried out various courses in growing various vegetables, both familiar and new to the local communities, and also taught participants how to prepare delicious meals using them. Major Tiwa Kampeera, who is the Agriculture Team Leader, said that for their engineering company to implement the King’s Philosophy in South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major Tiwa Kampeers, Agriculture Team Leader, Thai HMEC:
“The King of Thailand Philosophy, namely Sufficiency Economy Philosophy or SEP highlights on a balanced way of living. Basically, it is composed of three pillars which are; Motivation, Reasonableness and Prudence along with two conditions: Morality and Knowledge. Moreover, it can be applied to any level of society from an individual to a country. That’s why SEP has to be a cogwheel for peacebuilding in South Sudan.”

The team conducted two vocational trainings for the local communities that consisted of organic farming and agriproduct processing, respectively. Police officers stationed at the Checkpoint also participated in the trainings which showed all who attended how to grow their food in a sustainable way so that they can feed their families and eventually earn a living from it. The project was backed the UN Food and Agricultural Agency, FAO.

SOUNDBITE (English) Victor Onenchan, Head, Sub-National Office, Food and Agriculture Organization:

“As FAO we are so grateful for anybody who contributes towards eradicating or seeing that we have zero hunger in this word. It’s part of the Sustainable Development Goals, if you have seen them. Our efforts are to see that there is absolutely zero hunger in the world.”

Agriculture is South Sudan is mainly seen as something the women partake in for their households but a local male participant says that he was very interested when he heard that it was taking place and he joined in the training exercise.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jaak Buom Gathuak, Resident, Juba IDP Camp:
“The situation in South Sudan is very bad because there is not enough food because of the lack of agriculture, because we don’t do it. When I began doing this, I got the knowledge of how to do it and I am now at the capacity to make it by myself and to …(teach other) South Sudanese as well.”

The project was handed over to the South Sudanese National Police Service who helped in setting it up on land that belongs to the Yei Checkpoint Police Outpost. The Thai HMEC has three more months left in South Sudan and although their major work involves engineering works they keep a watchful eye on the project and assist local communities in any way they can to fulfil their King’s philosophy of self-sufficient economies.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Col. Kaisin Sasunee, Commander, Thai HMEC commander:
“Even though we are just a little part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, we try to do our best to develop and support this community and this country to be better in the future.”

Thai engineers proudly displayed various agriproducts that were grown in the demonstration plots but what they were most proud of the fact that they imparted knowledge to help the local communities be self-sufficient.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major Tiwa Kampeers, Agriculture Team Leader, Thai HMEC:
“I have thought Junubi how to fish for a lifetime not just give them for the day.”

The Thai peacekeepers also gave a cooking demonstration for those that attended the handover.
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