Smallholder coffee growers carry coffee industry- Dambui

Village-based coffee growers account to 85 percent of K451 million generated annually to the National Government in revenue.

Acting chief executive officer for Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) Charles Dambui said smallholders contribute the bulk of cherry beans for export because it puts money in their hands to pay for school fee, food, customary obligation and list goes on.       

“Nearly 3.3 million people of PNG depend either directly or indirectly on coffee for their economy, social and food security.”

But the industry continues to decline, with less bags exported over the years, says Dambui.

“In 2011 was the last time the industry export more than 1 million bags.”

He added that the coffee price per kilo dictates the production rate in a year.

“Farmers are price responsive,” Dambui said.

He was speaking at the final day of the 2016 Agriculture Leaders’ Summit in Port Moresby today. 

Charles Yapumi