Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Wera Mori, said following a recent visit to Vietnam, he learned that the country invested in the commodity which has now bypassed PNG.
He said while PNG had already begun exporting coffee by the 1960s, Vietnam’s coffee industry was in its infant stages.
However, the South East Asian country is now exporting more bags while PNG struggles.
“Vietnam did not produce one bag of coffee in 1975. When PNG gained Independence, we produced one million green bean bags.