Report of the 2nd Timor-Leste National Aquaculture Forum

The Timor-Leste National Aquaculture Development Strategy (NADS) 2012–30, which was developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) with technical assistance from WorldFish, emphasizes implementation through joint ventures between government, INGOs, NGOs and the private sector to realize its success. The 2nd Timor-Leste National Aquaculture Forum was held on 8 August 2019 in Dili. Attended by 106 participants from a diverse range of stakeholders including government, non-government, private sector organizations and farmer groups.

Aquaculture creates benefits for rural households in Timor-Leste

Marcelino Pereira and his family rarely used to eat fish. “It’s very difficult to get fish in this area. We are waiting for fish from the ocean to be sold here, but fish traders don’t often come.”

In their inland village of Lacoliu in Baucau municipality, perched high in the mountains, fish is only available in the local market once or twice a month.

Since becoming a fish farmer in 2014, Marcelino now grows and harvests enough tilapia for his family to eat frequently. “Before, we didn’t even have fish once a year. Now, at least twice a week we eat fish,” he says happily.

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