Subject: Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for October
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Timor - Leste International and Local Media Monitoring for October 19, 2004
Corn investment focuses on southern regions with view to exports
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, Mr. Estanislau da Silva said that the investment of corn production will be focused on the southern part of Timor-Leste in the coming rainy season.
Mr. Da Silva noted that this investment will be prioritized on corn production that is to be exported internationally.
The project involves foreign and local investors, Mr. Da Silva said. He added that seeds are currently being tested and selected by the Ministry.
Xanana calls for CPD-RDTL to join political process
The President of RDTL, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão will only bow to CPD-RDTL, if this political organ becomes a political party and wins a future election.
'I urge to CPDT-RDTL, if it is still talking about politics, to please create a political party, and I only bow to it if later they win in the election and restore the 1975 Constitution and use the national symbols of 1975'.
The President asked that, if the CPD-RDTL said that the national symbols that are now used by the government are illegal, is the CNRT itself illegal?
Suco Gariwai faces water problems say residents
The population of Gariwai, which is composed of five aldeias/sub-villages, (Bahamori, Waturao, Maukale, Kairiri, Waibiana, Darsula, and Gariwai vila), is running short of potable water and is calling for government attention.
Jose Boavida da Costa, a Gariwaian villager, stated that every night the population, collects water at the main point in Gariwai, equipped with pushcarts.
Currently, there are five water points in Gariwai, namely, in Bahamori, Waturao, Maukale, Kairiri, Watuwa. Population from aldeias Wailili, Bahamori, and Maukale usually collect water from the main water point, which can be collected only during daylight, as this water point operates on a solar pump. It will be very difficult to the people to get water during the rainy season because there is less sunlight. As a result, people have to come to the centre of Gariwai to collect water.
Residents have complained about this problem to the chefe de suco/head of the village, and a proposal has already been submitted to the local and central government. The government ought to take the problem that are now being faced by the people as the primary concern in order to reduce the people?s burden.
Fishes difficult to transport says director of cooperative
The executive director of the cooperative of Manu Tasi in the district of Viqueque, Mr. Francisco Amaral, said that it is difficult to sell fish in Viqueque because they are difficult to store. Ice is lacking, and transportation to the market is difficult, he noted.
The constraints that are faced by the cooperative have been sent to the local government and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the group that handles the fishery, will help to provide transportation with 10 bicycles and one motorbike.
Mr. Amaral said that 'Till now there is no clear information to us, the fisherman of Manu Tasi Viqueque. So, the fishes that are caught by the fisherman are only sold to Dili. ?We wish to sell the fishes in Viqueque, but we do not have the preservative tools to store the fish, and there is no market for selling them', said Mr. Amaral.
Responding to Mr. Amaral's complaint, Mr Augusto Castro the Operational Manager of GTZ said that, the 10 bicycles and one motorbike are currently available in the central office of Baucau, but 10 bicycles have not been installed yet because of procurement difficulties.
David de Araujo
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