TIMOR-LESTE - Harvesting of the 2014 secondary off-season rice crop is well underway, while that of the main season was completed earlier in the year.
FAO’s latest forecast for the aggregate 2014 rice output (including the 2014 main and off-season harvests) stands at 108 000 tonnes, 24 percent higher than last year’s reduced production but still slightly below the previous five-year average.
Similarly, the 2013 maize output (including both the main and off-season crops) is put at 112 720 tonnes, 12 percent higher than last year’s good level.
The increase reflects an expansion in the planted area and higher yields for the two seasons, following generally favourable weather conditions as well as increased use of high quality seeds, adequate supplies of fertilizers and the adoption of new technologies.
Overall, the 2014 aggregate cereal production is forecast at an above-average level of 221 000 tonnes, 18 percent up from the previous year’s output.
An EU-funded FAO project, which established a National Information and Early Warning System (NIEWS) in 2012, is continuing to assist with the strengthening of the country’s capacity in crop monitoring and production estimation.
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