Rice field just ready in some part of south west regions.

(Tetum)There have been more good rainfalls received across the mountains of Timor-Leste. The eastern and south west coastal regions received rain in early February but then the second week of February was dry again. This has saved some crops at risk along the coast as well as increased available food for livestock. These coastal areas will likely result in reduced crop production. Rice field preparation is generally delayed across the nation as farmers struggle to cope with intermittent rain and many irrigation systems are not yet delivering water.

El Nino Crop Situation Report 20160215

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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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(Tetun) Ever wondered how many pigs are in each suco? Or how current rainfall compares to historic averages?  

Well, wonder no longer! The research team at Seeds of Life has released nine interactive Google Earth maps featuring climate, soil and agricultural census data to answer these questions and more. (more…)

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(Tetun) Due to concerns about near-El Niño conditions, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) has advised farmers not to plant crops until the wet season has definitely started.

The official advisory was issued by the MAF Director General of Agriculture & Livestock, Januario Marcal, and distributed to MAF district offices and Radio and Television Timor-Leste (RTTL) late last week. (more…)