DILI, 16 march 2022 (TATOLI) – The Government of Japan offered US$ 3 million to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP) to support the implementation of the Coffee and Agroforestry Livelihood Improvement Project over the next three years.
“The Japanese Government supported MAP with US$ 3 million, administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), for the implementation of the project, through the Directorate General of Forests, Coffee and Industrial Plants of MAP,” CALIP Project Manager, Lourenço Fontes, said in Comoro, Dili, today.
Fontes informed that the project will be implemented in the municipalities of Ermera, Aileu, Ainaro, Manufahi, Bobonaro, and Liquiçá, saying it will benefit 2.000 families.
He highlighted that the training for farmers would be carried out to help coffee farmers take care of their coffee plantations.
“Coffee farmers need training to improve the quality of coffee, in order to compete with other countries at the international market in 2030,” he stressed.
Fontes added Timor-Leste needed to double its coffee production from seven to 14 thousand tons every year.
Journalist: Isaura Lemos de Deus
Editor: Maria Auxiliadora/Rafy Belo
Translation: Filomeno Martins