Numerous aspects of the Coconut Replanting Programme received the highest score from 84% of participants
As a follow-up to virtual training in 2021, the Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAM CSSTC) is increasing its commitment to strengthening coconut cultivation in Timor-Leste.
The "Coconut Replanting Programme" was held in Viqueque District, Timor-Leste, on 11-15 October 2022, in collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in Dili, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Timor-Leste, and the International Coconut Community (ICC). 44 people from various backgrounds attended the activity, including AICAT, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Timor-Leste, CCTM Koperativa, Servisu Municipal Agricultura Viqueque, and individuals.
Meldy Leonardy Anderson Hosang, Ismail Maskromo, and Yulianus Rompah Matana, among others, delivered material on coconut plant breeding, introduction of coconut varieties, coconut cultivation technology, and technology to control major pests and diseases of coconut. Participants were very excited about having discussions and practising with experts, and they expressed their concern about the challenges Timor-Leste faces with coconut cultivation, such as plant spacing, time management in coconut cultivation technology, and rat pest control on plantations.
The evaluation results revealed that 84% of participants gave a score of 4.0 out of 4.0 on aspects of the training, with the highest average related to the impact of the training in increasing participants' understanding of the existence of NAM, followed by participants' optimistic beliefs in increasing coconut productivity, satisfaction with training implementation, desire to recommend the training to relevant stakeholders, and confidence in implementing the training materials independently.