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Felis’s innovations – Number 2

Not content to streamline SRI rice nurseries, MCE-A staff member Felis Bere has turned his ingenuity to how to weed the crop as it grows. One of the downsides of SRI rice is that the beds must be weeded four … Continue reading

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Felis’s Innovations in SRI rice techniques – Number 1

Felis’s Innovations in SRI rice techniques – Number 1.

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Felis’s Innovations in SRI rice techniques – Number 1

Gee, we have some creative problem solvers on our staff at MCE-A! Felis Bere, SRI Implementation leader, had a problem. Lots of rice seeds to germinate and later plant out. To build the usual bamboo nursery frames was time consuming … Continue reading

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Mr. Jose Martins, Cooperative Haburas Sare

Sare Asulau village is in the sub district Hatulia, Ermera district. Jose Martins is 58-years-old, his wife’s name is Virginha Maya. They have two sons. Their youngest is currently in junior high school. He has leprosy. Mr Jose is a … Continue reading

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SRI Rice Trials bring income and increased productivity to farmers

MCE-A through OXFAM Timor-Leste with the support of OXFAM NZ began SRI trials at 16 sites (totalling 30 hectares (HA) of land) throughout Timor-Leste. The SRI team formed gained in knowledge and experience and provided much needed information and documentation which … Continue reading

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Minister of Agriculture to visit Suai SRI fields

Good news today, we are honoured that the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ir. Mariano Assanami Sabino, has requested to visit Suai MCE-A co-operatives growing SRI rice this week. Suai is a district that often faces food shortages and has been … Continue reading

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Promoting local food – not imports

Although a rice – growing country itself, most of the rice bought and sold in Timor-Leste is imported from countries such as Vietnam because it is cheaper than local rice. Rice farmers grow rice to feed their own families, but … Continue reading

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MCE-A Cooperatives

Our cooperatives are serviced through 5 regional Centres. In the graphic, Cafe is Tetun for coffee and Hare is Tetun for Rice. The numbers are numbers of  recorded members (1151 member households  from 38 coops), but there are many more … Continue reading

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Welcome to our new website

Hi, everyone, We are setting up our website. So far we have information in “About”, “Rice Farmers” and “Coffee farmers” but we will have lots more plus many photos, maps and stories from our cooperatives around Timor Leste. Also we … Continue reading

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