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(Tetum) Thousands of farming families have received gumboots to keep their feet safe and dry when working in the fields thanks to a donation of 15,000 pairs by the well-known boot company Hunter.

This brings the total boots donated to Seeds of Life to 18,000, since Hunter first gave 3,000 pairs in July 2012. (more…)

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Lino the Active Farmer from Lospalos

On July 3, 2014, in Farmer case study, by Alexia Skok
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(Tetum) Lino Rui de Andrade (36) is a maize farmer living with his wife, Atina, and their three children in aldeia Nakroma, suco Fuiloro, sub-district  Lospalos, district Lautem.

Lino is an active farmer, and registered commercial seed producer, who implements good agriculture practices developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and Seeds of Life (SoL).  He became involved in commercial seed production in 2013, having started growing seed crops in 2011.

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(Tetum) “[Seeds of Life] has made a solid contribution to improving agricultural productivity in Timor-Leste”, says the Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) at Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

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(Tetum) Soon to rock Timor-Leste are up to 11 varieties of sweet potato, beans and rice that are currently being tested for suitability with over 500 farmers across the country.

If the varieties perform well and prove useful to Timorese farmers, they will be officially released and distributed through the National Seed System for Released Varieties in the next two years.

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