Beginning of the Rice Harvest in Oé-Cusse with good prospects

Beginning of the Rice Harvest in Oé-Cusse with good prospects

HE, the President of the RAEOA-ZEESM TL Authority, Dr Mari Alkatiri, officially started this morning, May 17, 2019, the harvest of the rice planted according to the innovative technique based on the Jajar Legowo System (JLS), which last year has presented improvements of productivity in the order of 136% and still significant improvements in the quality of the grains, opening the way to a market place – especially from the perspective of cooperative work-, including export, generating more income for producers, farmers and their families and communities.

At a time shared with several farmers, attended by Regional Secretaries Saul Régio, Arsénio Bano, Inácia Teixeira and Pedro Xavier, and also by UNDP elements, who support the implementation of the project, the President of the Authority encouraged the continuation of the bets on innovation and quality as a way to raise the standard of living in Oé-Cusse, the ultimate goal of ZEESM TL.

Between February and May 2019, 48 farmers cultivated 15.60 ha in the region, following this new technique. Of this total extension, 2.3 ha were cultivated in the sub-district of Nitibe (Citrana/Naktuka) and the remaining 12.8 Ha in the sub-district of Pante Macassar (Oemolo, Faot Pote, Barel, Petun, Betbanae tuan, Betbanae mota ninin, Fatununi, Oekasi and Kaktua naek, Mahata). This year’s results will be released as soon as possible as the harvest has just begun.

This was the first phase of the expansion of the system that the Regional Secretary for Agriculture and Rural Development of RAEOA – ZEESM-TL is implementing in Oé-Cusse with the objective of increasing local production, after the success achieved last year. Future plantings will be carried out next July, with more farmers involved, and the purchase of equipment will also be considered to better preserve the grains during the harvests.

Based on the Jajar Legowo System (JLS), this planting technique is based on wide bands between rows of rice, alternating between 20-40 cm and a distance between each 10cm plant. In rice cultivation, planting distance is essential because it determines the productivity achieved. The success achieved by this technique is directly related to the greater amount of sunlight that plants can photosynthesize well, better airflow within the plantation, prevention of diseases and pests and, finally, better management of the crop.