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(Tetum) A recent visit from four Indonesian crop scientists to Timor-Leste to meet with MAF researchers has signalled the start of a new research-based relationship between the two countries.

The scientists from the Indonesia Legumes and Tuber Crops Research Institute (ILETRI) spent four days touring the country to understand how their proven technologies could work in Timor’s agricultural conditions. (more…)

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(Tetum) Enterprising farmers groups across the country are discovering that the improved varieties released by MAF-SoL don’t just increase crop yields but are creating new money-making opportunities as well.

There’s no shortage in the diversity either with some groups selling Utamua peanuts to neighbouring farmers,  others producing cassava chips from  Ai-Luka varieties of cassava and  others selling young sweet potato leaves of Hohrae varieties in local vegetable markets. (more…)

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(Tetum) Seeds of Life has prepared information sheets for 240 sucos (villages) across seven districts for free use by others.

These agriculture-related sheets contain suco-specific information, graphs and maps depicting rainfall data, topography, climate predictions, soil pH and hydrogeology. (more…)

(Tetum) Timor-Leste’s first National Seed Council (NSC) has been formed with the appointment of 15 representatives from the seed sector at an inaugural meeting last week.

The Council, established as an independent national seed authority, met on Wednesday 3 September to discuss its mandate as managers of the National Seed System and guardians of the National Seed Policy. (more…)