CLN allocated $6 million to purchase local agriculture products

CLN allocated $6 million to purchase local agriculture products

DILI, 18 august 2023 (TATOLI) – The Executive Director of Center Logistic National (CLN), Jacinto Paijo, informed that part of CLN had allocated $ 6 million to purchase the local product of agriculture to intensify the farmers of Timor-Leste.

“The policy of purchasing local agriculture products is to respond to the State Logistics of Timor-Leste’s need for conducting the intervention on food security, and besides that, it will also intensify the farmers efforts to produce more local food, increasing food security and reducing dependency on food importation from overseas,” said the Executive Director of CLN Jacinto Paiju to TATOLI in his office in Mandarin, Dili, on friday.

The Executive Director of CLN Paiju confirmed that, currently, CLN has contracted 52 local companies to purchase the farmers ‘s local products in the municipalities, which will then be stored in CLN’s warehouse to ensure the stocking of food, with the aim of intervening in the market when the price of food surges in Timor-Leste.

“CLN received $8 million from the 2023 State Budget. Of the $8 million, we had allocated $6 million to the 52 local companies in purchasing the local agriculture products from the farmers across Timor-Leste,” he added.

The Executive Director explained that the purchasing of local agricultural products had been conducted by the local companies based on their contract, which had been in place from July to the end of december 2023.

“Local agriculture products that are bought by the CLN through local companies are:
local rice, corn, green beans, red beans, peanuts, and other local agricultural products,” he concluded.

Hopefully, the policy of purchasing local agricultural products will encourage and intensify the Timorese farmers efforts to increase food production to ensure food security in Timor-Leste in the future.

Meanwhile, the local agriculture products that are still stored in the warehouse of CLN Tibar are: local rice (2,220 tons), paddy (223 tons), green beans (144,91 tons), red beans (146,8 tons), peanuts (15,09 tons), soybeans (14,51 tons), with a total of 3,056 tons still stored in the warehouse of CLN Tibar currently.

In addition, the importation of rice from overseas is currently at 40,000 tons in the warehouse of CLN; therefore, food security is still sufficient for the government to conduct the market intervention in Timor-Leste to ensure Timorese people can access food at a low price in Timor-Leste.

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa 
Editor: Rafael Ximenes de A. Belo


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