Cooperative Group Chairman Jerry Amajen said this is a new beginning and a very big achievement for the group since its establishment in 2014.
“With many struggles and hardships over the years, today is a new beginning for Anan Coffee Cooperative Society to sell its coffee out to the overseas market, making a history for all efforts that we have put together to achieve the group’s objectives to help many remote families.”
Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) Chief Executive Officer Charles Dambui congratulated Anan Coffee Cooperative.
“I’ve personally gone into the area and seen the struggles that farmers face daily but despite these hardships, you have not given up but persevered and the result can be seen today.”
Dambui said just last month, another group in Goilala in Central Province made their first shipment to Dubai. He said it was very encouraging to see that farmer groups are not only into coffee production but are now moving into exporting as well.
“I would take this time to congratulate Anan coffee cooperative, all your executives and the hard working officers and partners behind the scene who continue to assist in good and bad times, which has contributed to your achievement today.”
Dambui made a call to representatives from the Madang provincial government, District Administration and officers present to get into a partnership agreement so that plans toward setting up a dry processing factory can be looked into.
Chief Operations Officer Steven Tumae congratulated Anan coffee cooperative and said it was a historic event for the group and the industry. He encouraged other coffee cooperatives to also strive to follow what cooperatives like Anan are doing.
“Quality is the measuring tool to get good prices. When you are in a group, you try to do things in a uniform manner and you attract good prices for your product.”