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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…)

(Tetum) Growing and selling Sele maize is a big money-maker for Naroman, a registered commercial seed producer in Bazartete that has earned over four thousand dollars in two years from selling their quality commercial seed.

In 2014, only their second year of planting Sele for commercial seed production, this 56-member group (28 women, 28 men) from Fatunesa hamlet, Fahilebo village, Bazartete sub-district of Liquica district have had fantastic results with this improved variety, harvesting over seven tonnes of seed from five hectares. (more…)