The royal vision for the agricultural sector encourages its development as a promising catalyst for economic growth, where it improves the living standard of farmers through enhancing their capacity and productivity. This requires research in a range of problems and challenges related to the sector, such as: employment in the agricultural sector; health insurance; debt-indebtedness, particularly for small farmers; training and guidance; lack of water allocated for agriculture; high prices of inputs in agricultural production, among others.
The government began working on translating this vision into a document that includes viable projects. Several meetings were held to discuss the obstacles and problems facing the sector and ways to optimize the use of available resources. All stakeholders who have a direct relationship to the agricultural sector participated in these meetings to produce a document on agriculture for the years 2009-2013 that includes goals, ideas and programmes to be implemented at specific periods of time. The document included projects worth JD143.2 million for the year 2009.
During a 26 January 2009 meeting with those concerned with agricultural, the King blessed this strategy and ordered its implementation. His Majesty promised that farmers would see a difference during the current year as the programme got underway.
The strategy included a range of pillars such as: the passage of legislation; environmentally supportive procedures for the agricultural sector; increasing domestic production of grain and seed; maintenance of agricultural and water resources; intensification of water harvesting efforts to face drought; exploitation of unconventional water in agricultural production; promotion of household food security; the fight against rural poverty; strengthening of cooperation between the parties concerned in the agricultural sector; the adoption of measures to reduce the cost of agricultural production; and directing support to the development of the sector.
The strategy also included: the development of agricultural research and guidance; support for the programmes of the Agricultural Lending Institution; support for the institutional structure of the private sector; encouragement of the establishing of agricultural organizations; capability building and raising the efficiency of agricultural labour; exploitation of investment opportunities available in the Sudan; the development of field units to improve the services provided to farmers; and achieving agricultural development at the provincial level.