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Very poor condition of crops

(Tetum) Some good rains have fallen across Timor-Leste in the northern areas and in the mountains which has brought welcome relief to farmers. However, the south coast has received very little rain which has resulted in many areas experiencing crop failure. In other areas the crop is performing so poorly that farmers consider it not worthwhile to weed so the crop is neglected and further stressed. More animals have been dying along the south coast and in some areas along the north coast.  There are further delays in rice field preparation as farmers wait for enough rain to increase flow in the rivers.El Nino Crop Situation Report 20160131 El Nino TL-Update-January

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On January 28, 2016, in English, Events, Media, by Felix Ximenes
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(Tetum) The Seeds of Life is a program within the Timor-Leste Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries supported by the Australian Government that started in the year 2000. The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and Seeds of Life (SoL) have worked together for more than 15 years to improve food security in Timor Leste. The program has focused on building the capacity within MAF officers and farmer groups across the country to evaluate, produce and distribute high quality planting materials (seeds and cuttings) of higher yielding varieties of food crops commonly cultivated by farmers in Timor-Leste such as maize, rice, peanut, sweet potato and cassava.  SoL is currently in its final phase and will terminate at the end of June 2016.

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There has been a continued period of patchy rainfall across Timor-Leste where some localised areas have received enough rain whereas other areas have received very little rain. Timor-Leste has received generally less than 50% rainfall compared to normal years in December and January is looking worse. Farmers are reporting more animals are losing condition and dying. An extra map has been included to indicate those areas where reports were received of sick and dying animals. This is due to animals losing condition due to lack of feed, eating feed of poor quality and reduced water supply. The dry weather has resulted in a delay in the preparation of rice fields in a number of areas which are shown on the rice (Hare) map. Some springs are still low or not flowing. A number of crops have died and some farmers are replanting if they get enough rain.

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(Tetum) Aflatoxin experts from Australia, Dr. Ivan Kennedy, Dr. Graeme Wright and Dr. Francisco Sanchez-Bayo from QTT technologies, spent a week last November training staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) on the use of a new quick test kit to measure Aflatoxin in maize, peanut and cassava.

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