Farmers’ field day: showing new mung bean sowing methods

What’s the best way to grow mung beans in Timor-Leste? According to farming families in suco Auben, in Natarbora, it’s a new method of spraying, broadcast and harvesting – but it doesn’t require planting or weeding. Broadcasting, or scattering seeds, is a method of planting small seeds that would otherwise be finicky to plant, requiring …

How innovative mung bean sowing methods can save 39 days of labour

New research presented last week by AI-Com researchers has shown how a new sowing method can impact gross margins and return on labour for mung bean crops – a traditionally unprofitable crop only growing in small areas of Timor-Leste. This new practice could earn farming families an estimated $7 per day.

AI-Com researchers present posters at international conference

earchers from AI-Com have presented posters on research into agriculture innovations in Timor-Leste at the 2019 TropAg conference in Brisbane, Australia – a unique opportunity for researchers from Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to have feedback on their research from international stage.

Student researchers show strong results with cucumbers

Student researchers from the University of Timor Lorosa’e have this week demonstrated strong results from new experiments with cucumber crops at Laleia, in Timor-Leste’s Manatuto municipality. The Buluto irrigation scheme, recently rehabilitated by JICA, allows for dry season production in the rice paddies. UNTL together with AI-Com is finding the best and most sustainable way …

Research update: Farmer-led experimenting with mung bean harvest

AI-Com researchers have harnessed the power of locally developed farming innovations to test the best method for efficiently growing mung bean crops on Timor-Leste’s south coast. Last month, researchers from AI-Com and the Natarbora Technical Agricultural School conducted comparison tests of two known methods of planting mung beans: scattering seeds and planting. While carefully planting …

Research update: New student experiments start in Laleia

Students from the National University of Timor Lorosa’e have this week officially commenced horticultural experiments at a new collaborative research site between AI-Com and the university at Laleia, in Manatuto municipality. Thirteen final-year agronomy students, 10 male and three female, will conduct experiments on crop yields over the next several months at the site, which …

Biochar plus showing great results in Manatuto

New, student-led research in Manatuto municipality is offering early positive results for experiments conducted with rice hull biochar – and an innovative addition to the organic fertiliser could offer a pathway for sustainable, increased crop production. Students from the University of Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) started new experiments at Laleia, in Manatuto municipality, in August – …

Long-term planning with ACIAR’s CEO in Dili

The AI-Com team was this week delighted to welcome Professor Andrew Campbell, the chief executive officer of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, or ACIAR, to Dili. The visit was Professor Campbell’s first to Timor-Leste as CEO of ACIAR, and was long-hoped for – ACIAR has supported agriculture research projects in Timor-Leste since 2000, …

Contamination of staple crops with aflatoxin does not cause stunting in Timorese children

New research published this week from AI-Com shows that aflatoxin is unlikely to cause stunting in children in Timor-Leste – effectively simplifying food screening procedures and ensuring the safety of staple farm crops for families. Published this week in Nature Scientific Reports, the study measured levels of aflatoxin contamination in locally produced maize and peanuts …