Training on Coconut Farming
Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC) has been actively involved in organising coconut programmes and training since 2016, sharing resources, information and experience across member countries. The major aim is to achieve Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs and to encourage member countries’ actively and equally participation in the era of globalisation.
This training continued discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Timor-Leste and the Indonesian Embassy in Dili since the end of 2020. NAM CSSTC is committed to promoting the efforts of Timor-Leste to promote productivity and quality in coconut industry extension officers, entrepreneurs and farmers.
In Asian countries, particularly Timor-Leste, coconut is a key commodity. In Timor-Leste, excellent seeds and potential for growing coconuts are constantly present despite the weather or diverse ecosystems. NAM CSSTC in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, organised a course virtually on 31st of May 2021, in order to further expand understanding in coconut production.
The training included all components of coconut farming, not just higher-quality coconut seeds, including seed planting, improving technology, managing coconut pests and coconut diseases and diversifying and marketing coconut products in Timor-Leste. All participants are from the business sectors, agricultural and government sectors in Timor-Leste.
“This programme will help increase coconut production and competences and generate huge human resource benefits for Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Both countries can play a significant role in enhancing coconut industry technology, innovation and competitiveness,” said NAM CSSTC Acting Director Diar Nurbintoro in his speech.
NAM CSSTC offered 6 prominent trainers/facilitators from the Indonesian Palmae Crops Research Institute. Participants were able to learn the material through lectures, discussions and video resources. At the completion of the programme, 90% of the participants were happy to take part in the training course.
This training should be carried out so that human resources and products are of high quality in the coconut sector, in particular in Timor-Leste. The initiative called for NAM CSSTC to implement similar programmes to enhance co-operation in the coconut industry between Indonesia and Timor-Leste. (Pangersaning Gusti B.A.)