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EU and BMZ provide six-coffee bean peeling machines to farmers in Laklubar and Soibada

EU and BMZ provide six-coffee bean peeling machines to farmers in Laklubar and Soibada

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DILI, 13 may 2022 (TATOLI) – The European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provided six coffee bean peeling machines to coffee farmers in Laklubar and Soibada Administrative Posts, in Manatuto Municipality.

The six machines were jointly handed over by the Vice-Minister of the Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF), Abílio Xavier de Araújo, the Secretary of State for Cooperatives, Elizário Ferreira, and, the Value Chain Advisor on Agroforestry for Partnership for Sustainable Agroforestry – Ai ba Futuru, Frenqui Monteiro, at the Laklubar Parish Hall, in Manatuto Municipality, yesterday.

The provision of the six-coffee bean peeling machines was part of the Ai ba Futuru project, co-financed by the EU and BMZ.

Frenqui Monteiro, the Value Chain Advisor on Agroforestry for Partnership for Sustainable Agroforestry – Ai ba Futuru said that the machines were necessary to improve the quality of coffee production in the administrative post of Laklubar and Soibada to meet the international quality standards.

“These machines were given to six coffee farmers groups of Timor-Leste’s Coffee Co-operatives (CCA-T) in Laklubar and Soibada. More than 1.000 members of the CCA-T in Laklubar and Soibada would be benefited from the provision of these machines,” he said.

Monteiro said each of the coffee farmers groups from six selected villages received one machine: “Five of the machines were given to the five groups from five villages of Laklubar Administrative Post, namely Funar, Batara, Mane-Lima, Orlalan, and Tasi-Fatin. And one of the machines was handed over to a group from Fatu Makerek village of Soibada Administrative Post.”

He called on the communities to utilize the machines properly to keep the machines in good working condition and to last longer.

“In cooperation with CCA-T, we have also established coffee drying greenhouses in the six villages,” Monteiro said.

At the same place, the President of Timor-Leste’s Coffee Co-operatives (CCA-T), Carlito Alves pledged to carry out training on coffee harvest and processing to ensure high-quality coffee production.

“With the training, we will teach the farmers about harvesting, fermentation, and drying,” Alves said.

The Vice-Minister of the Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF), Abílio Xavier de Araújo said the government of Timor-Leste in its approved 2022 budget rectification had allocated US$6.4 million for the program of coffee rejuvenation and rehabilitation.

“Coffee farmers from Laklubar and Soibada would receive the incentives from the US$6.4 million for the rejuvenation and rehabilitation of their coffee plantation to increase the coffee production,” he said.

In addition, Secretary of State for Cooperatives, Elizário Ferreira called on coffee farmers to not use chemical fertilizers in their coffee plantation, saying chemical fertilizers would destroy Timor-Leste’s organic coffee.

“You shouldn’t use chemical fertilizer in your coffee plantation as it will ruin the quality of our coffee which has been considered as one of the best organic coffee in the world,” he stressed.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario 

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