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.

Stop tribal fights, embrace coffee: Ipatas

“We must embrace this gesture in the form of coffee funding rehabilitation and stop tribal fights so more or similar assistance can come into the province.”

Sir Peter also urged his people to work together, invest their time in income generating ventures and more young people to take on initiatives such as this coffee project.

The governor was officiating at the launching of a tool and material distribution ceremony held at Winikos Village in Kompiam District on Wednesday, 21 February. It was attended by over 2,000 people.

100,000 coffee seedling nursery launched

They launched their coffee cooperative group and a 100,000 coffee seedling nursery and sold the first 10,000 to a coffee processing firm.

Officiating at the occasion was MP for Goroka Open and Vice Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Henry Ame.

Ame said the O’Neill/Abel government is focused on growing the agriculture sector and has allocated close to K1 billion. He therefore urged the growers to utilise this opportunity to take part actively in agricultural activities.

Coffee recalled for undeclared Viagra-like ingredient

After an FDA laboratory confirmed the presence of desmethyl carbodenafil in the grounds, Bestherbs Coffee LLC recalled all New Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee.