Kimseed Seed Cleaner, East Timor October 2009 Seeds of Life has used a Kimseed seed cleaner since mid-2007 at our Betano Research Station in the dis- trict of Manufahi, on the south coast of East Timor. The equipment is used by our research staff who are Seeds of Life (SoL) aims involved in producing foundation seed at the research station. Our research staff report that the seed to improve food secu- cleaner can process 400kg of seed per day, which suits their needs as they only work with limited quanti- rity in East Timor. ties of seed at the research station. The equipment is used on average once every three months, depend- ing on the available harvest. We aim to achieve this The research station staff report that the greatest benefit of having the seed cleaner is being able to easily by releasing improved separate large seed, small seed and fine seed. However they also note that some sieve sizes do not staple food crop varie- correspond with seed sizes. ties, primarily maize, rice, sweet potato, cas- sava and peanuts, and producing seed of those varieties so that farmers across East Timor can produce more food. Seeds of Life is a program within the East Timor Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF). We are funded collaboratively by MAF and the Australian Government, through the Australian Agency for I n t e r n a t i o n a l Development (AusAID) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). The Centre for L e g u m e s i n Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) within the University of Western Australia (UWA) is commissioned to coordinate our Australian-funded activities. Luis Pereira, Seeds of Life On-Farm Demonstration Trial (OFDT) Coordinator, uses the Kimseed seed cleaner to sort maize seed at the Betano Research Station, October 2009.