Farmers to transplant 200,000 coffee seedlings

The seedlings are from eight nursery set-ups by eight cluster groups representing respective villages namely Torowa, Gisi, Sabang, Kalebo, Bayang, Karawang, Balawang and Tofito.  

The 813 farmers from eight villages operate under Kasuka Coffee Cooperative in partnership with agri-business firm Wia Trade Enterprise Ltd, a lead partner of Coffee Industry Cooperation’s Productive Partnerships in Agricultural Project (CIC-PPAP).

The farmer group is being revived and strengthened under coffee rehabilitation partnership.

Cocoa farmers applaud training

They travelled from as far as West and East Sepik, Bougainville, Morobe, Madang, NCD and East New Britain provinces.

The participants hailed the training as an eye-opener, saying they learnt about the quality and profile flavour of chocolate, information that was vital for them to understand the end product from the cocoa beans they produce.

Training facilitators said although the demand for cocoa is yet to reach its peak, there is potential for PNG cocoa to be competitive in the world market.

Banking services arrive in rural areas

The groups include Voice for Change in Jiwaka, along with KGWan Eco-Habitat Inc. and Independent Reform and Restoration Movement (IRRM) in Chimbu.

They will all become banking agents with MiBank, and expect to open accounts for more than 400 farmers.

IRRM Manager Toppy Sundu said in the past they never had bank accounts and had to hide their money or spend it.

"If we did have a bank account it took all day to travel to town to deposit or withdraw money. It would cost us money for PMV and was not safe," he said.

EHP farmers to benefit from K22m market

Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso mentioned this in a recent conference that K22 million has been allocated and that the fund was ready to start the market project.

Further arrangements have been made to tender the market project with the National Supply and Tenders Board so work on the province’s market can start immediately.

She adds it is of great urgency that the Eastern Highlands Provincial Government build this market as Eastern Highlanders make their living on agricultural produce and farming.

Coffee extension officers to meet in Aiyura

The Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP), operating under Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) will facilitate the training workshop on 22-26 February at the CIC’s PNG Coffee Research Institute in Aiyura, Eastern Highlands Province.

Close to 30 participants are expected to attend.

The purpose of this exercise is to improve and strengthen the capacity of extension officers who are key personnel on the ground to train growers and farmers on improved farming techniques and sustainability issues.

VIDEO: Angry scenes at farmers' protest in Brussels

Thousands of farmers have descended on the city and the European Union headquarters to demand more aid and higher prices for their milk and meat.

Outside the European Commission building, protesters responded to riot police's use of a water cannon by dumping hay on them and setting hay bales on fire.