Awanas Coffee brand promotes unique culture of Domung people

Awanas Coffee is organically grown in the fertile soils of Maum village in the Rai Coast district. The coffee is grown at an altitude of 1,650 meters above sea level and produced by 302 coffee growing households.

Awanas Coffee made its presence felt in 2014 when it picked up 4th placing amongst other brands in the country during the 2012 PNG Coffee Farmers Inaugural Cupping competition.

Juffa: Continuous declining of Kina - a missed opportunity

The ‘Walk the Talk’ Governor for Oro Garry Juffa in response to Loop PNG questions regarding the depreciation of the kina made those remarks.

However, he said since this sector was poorly developed, real benefits would not be realised by Papua New Guineans.

He added that the major agriculture exporters were foreign owned and thus they would be the true beneficiaries while PNG would only benefit from the sale of the raw products.

PNG women farmers to attend meet in Canberra

President of the PNG Women in Agriculture (PNGWiA) Maria Linibi said up to 100 women will be going to the national conference of the Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA).

Linibi said the AWiA is keen in getting as many PNG women farmers attending and participating in this experience sharing and learning program.

“Australian women farmers are looking forward  to having both young and experienced women from all the PNG provinces to attend their programs,” Linibi said.


Government must get back to basics of small scale agriculture

The head of the business community in the nation’s capital was referring to the knee jerk lifting of the ban on imported vegetables after three months.

“Such moves (of banning imported vegetables) are good in the long run to replace imports and we support it,” Conn said. 

He also challenged the government to support the Agriculture and Livestock Department with funding to improve the sector.   

“Government has to give true support to the agriculture sector instead of the lip service we have seen for the last 30 years.

Bulb onion farmers concerned at decision to lift ban

“We think you haven't proven the farmers yet because the ban was only in force for three months (August - November) and in the peak of the El Nino drought,” says Toppy Sundu from Gembolg, the home of bulb onions in the country.

“Is the decision made in favor of the disadvantaged rural population whose livelihoods depend entirely on agriculture or in the interest of few minority consumers in towns and cities who are working class and business people?” Sundu asked.