Corns are ready to harvested

(Tetum)The rainfall pattern continues with sufficient rainfall in the mountains but insufficient or patchy rainfall along the coast. Many farmers have started harvesting throughout the mountains. Many rice fields are late in being planted or are at risk of not being established this year. A number of areas along the north and south coast continue to experience low rainfall.

El Nino Crop Situation Report 20160315


Some maize are fail to harvested in costal area

(Tetum)Consistent rains have continued across the central mountains of Timor-Leste. Many areas along the coast have also received more rainfall to help farmers with crops. There are still a number of smaller areas along the south coast and north coast that are having difficulty with crops wilting. The rainfall and new growth is contributing to a variety of diseases in livestock especially in the mountains. Short season corn is close to harvest in the mountains. There is a lot of rice field preparation in some areas such as Maliana and Baucau mountains however many areas are still late in planting. More information can be found in the full report.

El Nino Crop Situation Report 20160229

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