Vemasse, Timor-Leste – In a celebration of agricultural progress, President José Ramos-Horta participated in the Paddy Harvesting ceremony on May 14th in Vemasse, organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timor-Leste (CCITL). The event highlighted innovative agricultural techniques recently introduced with assistance from Indonesian authorities.

A Promising Agricultural Future
President Ramos-Horta expressed his delight at the positive impacts of this new technology, which has already boosted production significantly in areas like Maliana where it has been implemented. “This new method proves Timor-Leste can drastically increase agricultural output,” the President stated. “The information shared today underscores our agricultural sector’s immense potential beyond just rice – for crops like sorghum and beans as we strive for national food self-sufficiency.”

Strategic Vision for Agricultural Renaissance
The Head of State advocated for strategic infrastructure planning to support a vision of revitalizing Timor-Leste’s agricultural sector, with improved rice productivity as an initial success story. President Ramos-Horta hopes the valuable knowledge imparted by speakers can be disseminated to communities nationwide.

Attendees Share the President’s Optimism
Joining the President were CCITL President Jorge Serrano, Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Marcos da Cruz, the Baucau Municipal Authority President, local entrepreneur Rui Castro, and other participants. Their presence signaled shared optimism that modernized agricultural practices can drive sustainable economic growth and food security for the nation.

As Timor-Leste embraces agricultural innovation, this ceremonial event celebrated a pivotal first step towards realizing the country’s immense agricultural potential and bolstering its self-sufficiency in key crops.

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