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NLC imported 4,800 tons of rice from Vietnam to ensure the food security in the country

NLC imported 4,800 tons of rice from Vietnam to ensure the food security in the country

Workers unload government-branded rice at the Port of Dili (Image/Antonio Gonçalves)

DILI, june 14, 2022 (TATOLI)— To ensure rice stocks are available and meet national consumption, the Government’s National Logistics Center (CLN) on Saturday imported 4,800 tons of rice from Vietnam.

CLN Principal Advisor, Joanico Gonçalves informed that the national logistics center has collaborated with three companies including Charly Unipesjual Lda, Esmelia Unipesjual Lda, and Santos Unipeosal Lda to import rice into the country.

“The import process went very well and the food products arrived in Timor-Leste last Saturday 11 june, 2022,” CLN Chief Adviser Joanico Gonçalves told TATOLI via phone.

Last year the NLC imported rice from Thailand based on an agreement between the two countries, but this year the agreement process between the two countries was not realized, so the NLC decided to import rice from Vietnam.

“The NLC decided to procure 4,800 tons of rice from Vietnam to ensure food security in the country, even Timor-Leste in an emergency for rice consumption needs,”

While in July 2020, the TL Government spent around 15 million to procure 30,000 tons of rice from Vietnam to respond to the emergency and ensure rice stock during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges

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