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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Editorial: Towards Changing Destructive Cultures

* Sudan is suffering the illegal plantation of Cannabis which represents 80%. The users of Cannabis are more than 90% of the drugs’ users in Sudan

* Cannabis is planted in Radoum area which is a natural reserve with an area of 13,000 square kilometers.
* Radoum natural reserve is distinguished by biological diversity and is located in South Darfur State in the South/West part of Sudan on the borders with South Sudan and Central African Republic.
* The area is inhabited by several tribes with a population of 73,000 citizens including big number of villages amounted to around 25 villages. The number of famers who plant Cannabis is estimated to 7000.
* Cannabis plantation is considered one of the cultural heritages of the population.
* The area lacks the main infrastructure and the weakness of health, education, and transport besides the lack of work opportunities for most of the inhabitants a matter that makes it easy for drugs’ dealers to exploit those people.
* The availability of surface and underground water makes the area good for cultivation of horticultural crops such as Mango, Oranges, Sugar cane, sorghum, groundnuts and millet. It is possible to establish small sugar production factories and apiaries to produce honey.
* To change the mentality and culture of the community there the government is launching a dialogue with the farmers under the supervision of the Vice President.
* The campaign aims at adapting awareness and agricultural guidance programmes.
* Sudan is aspiring to the support of the specialized organization in preparing the scientific studies which achieve the economical feasibility and convince the communities to abandon the plantation of the cannabis.
* Sudan needs the support of the international community to provide assistance in achieving the sustainable development goals.
* It is possible to change such destructive culture to become constructive through providing the population in those areas with the basic services and assist them earn their lives from the revenue of horticultural crops, hence refrain from Cannabis plantation.