Coffee office needs funding to extend work

Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) needs additional funding to extend its coffee rehabilitation work to other provinces.

This was revealed by Project Manager for coffee component of Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP), Potaisa Hombunaka.

This provinces next inline are Southern Highlands, Enga, East Sepik, Madang, Morobe and East New Britain.

Hombunaka said the extension will increase PPAP’s coverage with 18 new partnerships involving various coffee producers, exporters, non-government organizations, Christian based organisations and church organizations to improve coffee production and quality in Papua New Guinea.

“This will add 12,000 more households to partake in coffee rehabilitation activities and the total number of households under PPAP will increase to around 36,000.”

So far the coffee rehabilitation work is progressing well in Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Jiwaka and Western Highlands Provinces, covering 7,926 households.

The PPAP aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee producers, and promote rural development and poverty reduction more broadly.

The coffee rehabilitation project aims to:

•              Strengthen industry coordination;

•              Facilitate links between smallholder farmers and agribusiness, through productive partnerships,   for easier access to markets, technologies, and services; and

•              Improve critical infrastructure for market access where PPAP farmers are.

The PPAP is a CIC project funded by a loan facility from the World Bank IDA and IFAD with counter funding from GoPNG. 

Charles Yapumi