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The National Director for Social Assistance (DNAS), Mateus da Silva said the Ministry of Social and Solidarity (MSS) does not have adequate warehousing facilities to store products that are bought from the people.

National Director for Social Assistance (DNAS), Mateus da Silva said the Ministry of Social and Solidarity (MSS) does not have adequate warehousing facilities to store products that are bought from the people.

He raised the issue in relation to the government's program "People grow and the government buys" during this time, however this is limited due to the lack of storing options for products bought.
"We have not had a good warehouse to store products such as vegetables, tomatoes and others before distributing to the vulnerable people," he said in his office, Dili.
He said MSS is working with the relevant Ministry in relation to this policy and the government's program "People grow and government buys".
He added that MSS intends to create the conditions within the operational warehouse that will be approved by new MSS Minister Florentina da Conceição Pereira Martins Smith.
They will also pay attention to offer rice, cooking oil, masako, salt, canned fish and noodles to the students who live in the seminaries.
"We want to give the vegetables to the college schools, however at this point it is difficult because if we don’t have a good proper warehouse, these products will be substandard," he said.
Meanwhile, Estanislau Claudio Ximenes, the Program Manager of the Organization PERMATIL, said the products bought by the government from the farmers, arespoilt due to inadequate space and conditions.
"In particular, the vegetables we store for a week or month, if people don’t buy within two days they will be spoilt”.
Many products such as are vegetables and fruit are spoilt. "If we do not have adequate conditions and a good mechanism to sell, this will be a major problem for the local products," he said.
Osorio Noronha, a vendor from the market gets upset when his products are not all sold.
"In a day I earn $5, this is not enough for my daily necessities, the products are often not sold out because many Timorese people consume imported products," he said.

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