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MTCI and SECOOP will control the prices of local products in the second period of the food basket program

MTCI and SECOOP will control the prices of local products in the second period of the food basket program

DILI, 17 june 2022 (TATOLI)– The Minister of Tourism and Trade Industry (MTCI) and the State Secretary of Cooperatives (Secoop) will control the prices of local products in the second period of the implementation of the basic food program.

MTCI Minister, José Lucas Do Carmo Da Silva said local products are provided by farmers in collaboration with SEKoop, so prices can be adjusted to follow normal prices in the market.

“It has no serious impact on local prices in the national market. All prices for the food basket program have been provided under law number 10/2022, March 4, but we do not have a law for local prices in the Market” Minister of Trade and Tourism Industry (MTCI), José Lucas Do Carmo Da Silva told media in Desa Baia Leste, Comoros, this Friday.

MTCI and Secoop are working closely with the Coordinating Minister for the Affairs responsible for implementing food basket programs based on the decree of law number 10/2022, 4 March.

“Eight constitutional governments have policies to help people with minimal income in this second term basic food program,” explained Da Silva.

Food Basket Program Coordinator Floresiana Smith said the implementation of this national program began today based on eight government policies to support the people of Timor Leste to consume local products.

According to Smith, local products mostly contain carbohydrates and vitamins consisting of eggs, nuts, peanuts, green vegetables, omelets, tomatoes, pumpkin, fruits, and others.

There are also imported products such as cooking oil, women’s hygiene kits, and others.

“A person is entitled to receive $50 in this program”, said Smith

According to Smith, this program will benefit approximately 1.3 million people in the country, with a budget of 80 million for this program.

In the second phase of the distribution of the food basket program, assisted by several relevant government agencies consisting of AIFAESA, CAC, and PDHJ.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges

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