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MAF: The 2023 Rice Production had reached 86,000 tons

MAF: The 2023 Rice Production had reached 86,000 tons

Rice field.

DILI, 15 june 2023 ( TATOLI)– The General Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, (MAF), Odete Maria do Ceu, said the 2023 rice production had reached 86,000 tons in Timor – Leste.

” We have 85,000 hectares of paddy field in the national territory but currently our farmers only use 37,000 hectares to produce 86,000 tons of rice in 2022 to 2023,” said Odete do Ceu to TATOLI, in Delta I, Dili on Thursday.

However, the total of 86,000 tons of rice is not enough to distribute to the 1,3 million population in Timor – Leste.

” We need to produce 130,000 tons of rice in the national territory to distribute to the 1.3 million population to ensure food security in Timor – Leste,” she said.

Based on the MAF’s data over 60,000 hectares of rice field are not fully utilized, therefore Timor – Leste continue to depend on the import of rice from abroad.

With regard to this, She said Government needs to continue to construct the quality of irrigation to produce more rice and to ensure food security in Timor – Leste.

In addition, the new government also needs to prioritize intensive training and support the sufficient tractors quality of paddy seed to the farmers with the objective to increase the rice productivity in Timor – Leste.

 

 

Journalist : Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Nelia B.

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