RESEARCH UPDATE: Measuring sandalwood plantation seedlings

AI-Com researchers, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) extension workers and staff from the Natarbora Technical Agricultural School have this week taken measurements from a new sandalwood plantation planted last May. Planted at a new trial site at the Agriculture Technical school in Natarbora of Manatuto municipality, the sandalwood seedlings represent the beginning of new …

PUBLICATION: UNTL launches new rice cropping research publication

The rector of the National University of Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) has this week launched a new publication collecting research results from student-led experiments conducted on rice cropping intensification in Timor-Leste. Supported by AI-Com, the publication marks two years of successful collaborative research conducted into growing more rice for Timorese families, and published novel research methods …

Cauliflower and broccoli blooming in Baucau

AI-Com researchers and local farming families have successfully harvested cauliflower and broccoli crops in Triloca suco, Baucau municipality, for the first time, as part of work to find new ways of sustainably increasing crop productivity and profitability in Timor-Leste. Local farming families had never before planted broccoli or cauliflower in this area, as they believe …

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 …