JUBA – Authorities in South Sudan’s Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) are complaining of shortage of basic commodities in the local market and blamed poor roads infrastructure that they say affects transport services there.
Speaking to Sudans Post from the capital Pibor, Joseph Lilimony, the minister of information for GPAA, said the only market in Pibor has been hit by shortage of basic commodities in the market.
He said the shortage is triggered by poor roads caused by heavy rainfalls and insecurity along the highways connecting Pibor to the national capital Juba via Bor.
Lilimony stated that basic commodities like sugar, maize flour, cooking oil and beans are not where to be found in the local market, adding that the locals are only surviving through locally produced products.
“The communities here depend on fishing and currently, they are cultivating and some of them have harvested some of their products. The local products they produce here are not that enough so they may run out of these products soon,” Joseph said.
He appealed to the locals in the area to put more efforts in agricultural production so they can produce their own food.
“We are encouraging the local communities here that they should continue cultivating because now they can cultivate but they need to put more efforts to increase the production so that they can depend on their locally produced products,” he said.
“The road insecurity and heavy downpour has affected humanitarian assistance that is usually distributed to the communities in GPAA”
Joseph said the leadership of GPAA is tirelessly working to bring peace among the local youth in GPAA and their neighbors.
“The government of GPAA is trying hard in order to stabilize the situation with our neighbors to solve the issues of insecurity so that the trades will move without fear,” he said.