Improvement of Organic Cashew in East Timor

Improvement of Organic Cashew in East Timor

Thu, 29/11/2012 - 09:30

About the Presenter

Maria Odete do Ceu Guterres

Maria Odete do Ceu Guterres graduated from the Academy Farming Semarang in Central Java in 1990 and in 1994 continued a bachelor in agronomy at National University of East Timor. Between 1990 and 1999 Odete worked at the Regional Agriculture of Crop Production of East Timor and from 2001 to 2007, worked at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) of ET as senior staff.

In 2007, Odete continued her studies at Charles Darwin University studying a master program in Tropical and Environmental Management. In 2010, Odete returned to ET and continued to work at Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as advisor to the Minister of MAF. Odete started her PhD program at CDU in 2012.


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Odete’s project will be laying the groundwork for an organic cashew industry to be developed in East Timor. The seminar will discuss the importance of agriculture in East Timor, the advantages of cashew as a crop, and particularly the advantages of an organic cashew industry.

Odete will describe the history and current status of cashew trees in East Timor, as well as what research needs to be done before an industry can be established. Her project will identify high quality cashew clones in East Timor, develop protocols for the vegetative propagation of these clones, and determine the effects of farming strategies on cashew yields, including the use of an integrated pest management system using weaver ants.

Finally, she plans to use all of this information to provide recommendations and specific guidelines for the development of an organic cashew industry in East Timor.

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