Subject: AU: State to help Timor grow

The Australian

State to help Timor grow


THE Victorian government will fund a $250,000 program to improve fruit and vegetable production in the fledgling nation of East Timor.

The assistance and training program will be delivered through Victoria's Department of Primary Industries, which has run similar schemes in West Java, East Java, Bali, Sumatra and Kalimantan, as part of an assistance program to Indonesia.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Bob Cameron today said the program in East Timor would include field courses and material assistance.

He said problems included seed quality, pest and disease control and crop wastage.

"This project will complement and build on Victoria's existing assistance program to this fledgling democracy."

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