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ADRA-TL helps Farmers access to markets

ADRA-TL helps Farmers access to markets

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DILI, 1 september, 2021 (TATOLI)- Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Timor-Leste is allowing farmers in the Southeast municipality of Viqueque access to markets they wouldn’t otherwise reach.

According to the statement posted on the ARDA official site, These farmers have been cultivating local products which are ginger, coconut, candle-nut, and elephant foot yam. However, the one of main barriers to agricultural development in the region has been the lack of access to markets.

It is said that ARDA has been supporting farmers to increase the quality and quantity of products and effective linkages between farmers and consumers by cooperating with the New Zealand Government through its Embassy in Dili.

It is also outlined the part of training that ARDA provided to increase farmers’ capacity to grow crops that both local and international demand.

“Arda has provided training modules on Finance and Bussiness as a foundation for the commercialization of farming activities,” it said.

After three years of supporting farmers, ADRA has established twelve cooperatives and also assures ongoing mentoring support provided by the FarMar project.

“The monitoring support includes the training of Local Market Facilitators (LMF) of each cooperative to help them establish links with buyers,” said.

The Secretary of State of Cooperatives (Scoop) is organized the project with assistance from ADRA, empower these groups to do collective marketing.

Cooperatives are expected to assist farmers in attracting buyers by ensuring an adequate supply of good quality products.

ADRA representative Agostinho Belo said that they will continue to mentor these cooperatives over the next five years. Presently, two cooperatives have already signed a supply contract with two buyers for ginger and coconuts products.

“These contracts demonstrate the increasing trust to buyers in cooperatives. Farmers hope that the increased sales will help, among other things,” Belo said.

Likewise Antonio the Farmer said, ADRA has helped them to get contracts with buyers in Baucau and Dili.

“Now we are accessing the market more freely,” The FarMar Project farmer Antonio said.

Farmar project is a joint project between the government of New Zealand and the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of Timor-Leste.

The project will be running to 2026 and will work with 1,500 farming families in 15 villages in the municipality of Viqueque.

So Far, farmers have sold more than 20 tonnes of ginger, 7 tonnes of candlenut, and 19 tonnes of coconut.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

 

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