Helping Women In Coffee

This plan will promote gender equality and prosperity for women in coffee.

In a press statement by Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Plus, the five-year Strategic Plan captures the economic vision and goal of women as active participants in and beneficiaries of the male-dominated coffee industry.

CIC: Coffee Is Gold Cash Crop

CIC Ltd General Manager for Industry Operations Division, Steven Tumae, made these remarks on behalf of Acting CEO, Charles Dambui.

Mr Tumae said the revenue made from coffee is from the 5 million people especially from the Highlands region.

He said: “When the extractive industries of copper, gold, oil and gas are gone, coffee will be here to provide for our needs and hold the economy. Coffee is an integral part of the rural economy and is an income earner to the country.”

According to CIC, coffee contributes about K500 million annually to the national budget.

Farmers given mini wet mills

The mills will assist them to efficiently process their coffee.

Agriculture and Livestock Minister John Simon officiated at this launching at the Nondugl

Council Chamber grounds recently.

The groups include Waka, Numkussy, Opka, Kumbal Kopong and Konum coffee cooperatives.

Minister Simon told the gathering at Nondugl that they did not need an educated person to go and tell them to attend to their coffee gardens, but that the knowledge and skills on how to till the land was already with them.

PNG coffee continues to impress

The green beans were used to make espresso blends at the 2018 Golden Bean AU/NZ competition, staged in New South Wales Australia from November 19 to 24.

The person who heads coffee production at WRC’s estates is Senior Manager John Sathya. He said the company’s coffee estates had done well this year.

CBB expert in PNG to consult on deadly pest

Dr Juan F. Barrera (PhD), who has 35 years’ experience in holistic pest management including CBB in Mexico and other Central American countries, met with the chief executive officer of Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC), Charles Dambui, and two general managers in Goroka on August 6th.

Dr Barrera will have consultations with the CBB team, a focus group which will comprise selective industry stakeholders and leading farmers and advise on options for short and long term management of the pest.

Local coffee producer attracts APEC delegates

One stall that attracted delegates was that of coffee grown and produced in Central Province. 

Produced by Central Dakis Mamina Trading, the coffee is packed from beans grown in inland Rigo, the mountains of Koiari and Goilala.

It is owned by Nellie Varmari and her husband Konie.

Varmari said they have been producing Central Mamina Coffee for a year now.

Coffee beans are bought from farmers in inland Rigo (where her husband is from), and processed at Superior Coffee at Konedobu.

Burden to lessen for Goilala farmers

The district used to be the top coffee producer in the Southern Region up until the decline of government services in the area in recent years.

Coffee has grown wild in the district due to logistical challenges and loss of interest by farmers mainly due to high cost of transportation.

Coffee farmers from Tapini LLG expressed concerns on transporting coffee to the markets in Port Moresby.

A farmer pays K50 per bag to be transported to Port Moresby and K100 PMV fare for himself.

A way out…

Aserangka Village located in the vicinity of Coffee Industry Corporation’s (CIC) research base at Aiyura has lately formed a coffee cooperative with the involvement of some youths.

The group, known as Aserangka Coffee Cooperative Society, was formed only last year and has registered with Investment Promotion Authority.

Group chairman Pastor Ben Wane said their aim is to return the youths to the coffee gardens to have a meaningful life.

“Our aim is to create opportunities for our disadvantaged youths,” he said briefly in Tok Pisin.

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.

Nutrition program launched for healthy farmers

The CEO was speaking recently during the launch of a nutrition component of the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (coffee component) at Goroka Phoenix Steak House.

Parties to the agreement were Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Eastern Highlands Provincial Health Authority (EHPHA) and Coffee Industry Corporation through PPAP.

The nutrition component will involve training of community-based health officers from to train rural people mostly women or mothers on nutrition on how to prepare and a balance meal for their families.