FRETILIN on Sino Green Land to Supply Food to East Timor through Cooperative Agreement

Dear Readers.

The release from Sino Green Land reads:

“Sino Green Land Corporation (OTCBB: SGLA), a leading distributor of
high-end fruits and vegetables in China, today announced the signing of
a cooperation agreement with local representatives in East Timor to
supply green foods to East Timor, a Southeast Asian country with a
population of 1.2 million people. Shipments of high quality fruits,
vegetables and green foods are expected to commence in January 2010.”

I agree totally with Ego Lemos. I am extremely concerned with the use
of phrases like “Shipments of high quality foods” and “to supply green
foods to East Timor”. It suggests a plan to import agricultural
products.

I have no doubt this means local production substitution and that it is
all about the import of agricultural produce rather than increasing
local production. This scheme has been tried before in 2004, and was
rejected by the previous government.

FRETILIN will ensure that the Parliament of Timor-Leste thoroughly
investigates this proposal and its “cooperation agreements” to ensure
that it is not detrimental to local producers and ensure it is not
designed to be a dumping exercise for foreign produce that is or can be
produced domestically.

We also have reservations because this proposal appears clearly to be
purely concerned with a domestic business opportunity and has nothing
apparently to do with export promotion.

We welcome any information readers may have on this issue.

Jose Teixeira MP
FRETILIN Parliamentary Group.

On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM, Ego Lemos wrote:

> In the country like Timor-Leste were 82% is living in the rural and
> agriculture as back bone of their livelihood. Timorese farmers hardly
> to sell their produces in the market to sustained their family
> because of high importation of agricultural product from overseas.
> From my views this cooperation with Sino Green Land will even more
> giving hard time to Timorese farmers to really sell their product in
> domestic market in Timor-Leste. I think this is one of a new form of
> invasion to Timor-Leste use market force so called ‘Neo-Liberal Free
> Market’. I think this form of cooperation will destroy Timorese Food
> Sovereignty and Livelihood. Ten years Timor-Leste celebrated our
> independent but we still never learnt from our mistake in the passed.
> We always think everything from outside always good for our people
> and the country instead of trying to develop and strengthen the
> knowledge and potential that Timor-Leste have. Timor-Leste already
> has it own different varieties of food crops, vegetables, fruits,
> fish and animals. Just the matter of how can we manage all of this
> food sources to provide enough food for our people and if we have
> surplus we can sell for income generation of the farmers. I think all
> of these food import as a insult to our food sources in Timor-Leste.
> Our farmers already worked so hard to feed Timorese people with
> whatever food source we have to survived during the Indonesian
> occupation but now we claims that our food sources have no quality.
> Now we claims that by importing food products from overseas we going
> to help Timorese farmers, “GREAT and WELL DONE!” at last with our
> ignorance and no respect to our farmers and food sources, Timor-Leste
> will never solve food security within the country and we will more
> and more dependent on outside people to supply food to us all the
> time.
>
> Regards,
> Ego Lemos
> MA Student at Victorian University-Melbourne
>
> — On Mon, 11/1/10, ETAN wrote:
>
> From: ETAN
> Subject: Sino Green Land to Supply Food to East Timor through
> Cooperative Agreement
> To: east-timor@lists.riseup.net
> Received: Monday, 11 January, 2010, 9:29 AM
>
> Media Release
>
> Sino Green Land to Supply Green Foods to East Timor Through
> Cooperative Agreement
>
> January 11, 2010: 09:02 AM ET
>
> Sino Green Land Corporation (OTCBB: SGLA), a leading distributor of
> high-end fruits and vegetables in China, today announced the signing
> of a cooperation agreement with local representatives in East Timor
> to supply green foods to East Timor, a Southeast Asian country with a
> population of 1.2 million people. Shipments of high quality fruits,
> vegetables and green foods are expected to commence in January 2010.
>
>
>
>
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2 responses to “FRETILIN on Sino Green Land to Supply Food to East Timor through Cooperative Agreement

  1. Sino Green Land – Government Media Release
    Government does not endorse Sino Green Land assertions in media statement
    The Government was perplexed by a recent media statement distributed globally by a company called Sino Green Land. No member of the Government endorsed, aided, supported, or approved any cooperative agreement with Sino Green Land in tandem with ‘local representatives’, assumed to be members of the private sector, for the importation of fresh produce.
    Additionally, no such products as listed in the media release by Sino Green Land would be allowed to enter the country; given Timor-Leste’s strict quarantine laws.
    The Government has made significant advancements and put considerable resources toward empowering the development of our local domestic market, increasing our domestic agricultural supply and shifting subsistence farming to market oriented agriculture to support economic development in our communities.
    The Government would not welcome any investment proposal that would disadvantage our progress in agriculture, or put our local farmers and markets at risk.
    The ambiguous statements made by the company were inaccurate and misleading; the Government has notified the public relations representatives of Sino Green Foods that a full retraction of the statement is required. ENDS
    For More Information Please Contact: Ágio Pereira +670 723 0011
    E-mail: agiopereira@cdm.gov.tl
    Gov TL Media
    E-Mail: govtlmedia@gmail.com

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