Coffee Industry Corporation

New coffee grading system to boost industry

The grading system was proposed by the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) and prepared by the biological standards committee of the National Institute of Standards and Industrial Technology (NISIT).

Senior quality officer Rose Romalus announced this during a presentation to some 35 extension officers working for Lead Partners of CIC’s productive partnerships in agriculture project (PPAP).

The field officers attended a week-long workshop held at Coffee Research Institute, Aiyura, Eastern Highlands Province, last month.

Smallholder coffee growers carry coffee industry- Dambui

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.”