Charles Dambui

Coffee a potential billion kina industry

Industry Corporation (CIC) Acting Chief Executive, Charles Dambui, said this can be achieved through teamwork among the CIC, value chain partners, key stakeholders and relevant government stakeholders

He said this at the launch of the National Coffee Development Roadmap 2020-2030 (NCDR) and the CIC strategic business plan 2020-2024 (CIC SBP) in Goroka recently, which was attended by Prime Minister James Marape, and Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, John Simon. 

Milne Bay helps transport farmers’ coffee

Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) chief executive officer, Charles Dambui, made this remark following a successful airfreighting of 7,993 kg (7.9 tons) of parchment coffee from Agaun, Daga LLG, to Alotau on a recent SIL charter.

The coffee belonged to 250 coffee farmers in the Daga LLG, Milne Bay Province.

CIC’s Alotau based extension coordinator, Dickson Kenas, said since 2014, a total 616 farmers from the Daga LLG have benefited through the CIC freight subsidy program in partnership with the Milne Bay Provincial Administration.

Major awareness on CBB pest

The awareness will be conducted throughout the week in Eastern Highlands and Jiwaka Province as per a directive from Agriculture and Livestock Minister, Benny Allan.

CIC CEO, Charles Dambui, said awareness is part of ongoing efforts carried out by his technical team to address the borer outbreak in coffee growing communities.

“Since the pest is a new pest in PNG, more awareness is required to ensure farmers understand the severity of the pest and its implication on their livelihoods.”

Impact project transparent: CIC

The chief executive officer of Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC), Charles Dambui, praised the PPAP modality while welcoming the 13th World Bank-led implementation support mission to Goroka on 4 October, 2017. The mission included officials from IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), GoPNG reps from DAL and Treasury. They met with CIC-PPAP team to discuss progress of coffee rehabilitation in the country.

“We had some coffee development programs funded by donors but this (PPAP) is one of our impact projects.

CIC hold meet to update on CBB

The meeting, which began yesterday and ends today, will include stakeholders from Western Highlands and Chimbu.

The CIC will be presenting an update on the CBB incursion and measures they and other authorities will be implementing and will also allow for feedback and suggestions as a way forward for the benefit of all players in the industry.

Five provinces free of CBB pest: CIC

Eastern Highlands, however, has confirmed the presence of the CBB pest in Asari and Kamaliki, as initially discovered two months ago.

In a media statement, Coffee Industry Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Charles Dambui, said the delimiting surveys will continue as part of its surveillance exercise.

“We are now into the containment stage and this will basically involve looking at short term measures to address the problem.”