Small holders

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.”