THE introduction of a new coffee pulper machine will boost coffee production and quality in Papua New Guinea.
The eco-pulper machine was introduced to smallholder coffee farmers in the Bung Village of North Wahgi area in Jiwaka. The Industry Coordination Committee (ICC) which is effectively the Board of the Coffee PPAP was present at the opening ceremony on Thursday 3 December, 2015. The ICC Chairman Ian Mopafi was guest-of-honour who officially launched the Eco pulper.
Long-time coffee farmer and businessman, John Munull who owns Kosem Coffee Limited in Banz was a delighted man at the official launching witnessed by some 500 villagers.
“I urge Papua New Guineans to use this machine to improve the quality of coffee. The eco-pulper is the way to go. I’m now happy,” said Mr Munull.
The new technology will pulp large quantity of coffee beans all at once to maintain quality standard which has been a concern for the industry for some years.
It is the first to be installed by Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) through the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP), a World Bank and International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) funded initiative to rehabilitate coffee production in the country.
Mr Munull who owns Kosem Coffee Ltd is a lead partner of PPAP who successfully sourced funding for the installation of the pulper machine which cost just over K50,000.
CIC General Manager for Industry Operations Division, Steven Tumae who stood in for acting CEO urged the locals to take ownership and look after the machine.
Project Manager of PPAP (coffee component), Mr Potaisa Hombunaka challenged the coffee growers/farmers to change their mindset and operate as a business.
“The key point is business. This is how you should operate this new technology so you can continue to service it and not come running to CIC or government or whoever for money to fix it.”
He also urged the growers to save the monies they earn from coffee to improve their livelihood and that of their children.
Mr Hombunaka therefore acknowledged the presence of National Micro Bank and National Development Bank staff and officials to explain and encourage growers and their families to save and borrow money to grow their coffee business.
The new coffee pulping machine is the first in the country to help farmers to treat wet coffee beans. It will increase coffee production, maintain quality standard and boost smallholder growers’ income.
The eco-pulper removes the coffee pulp and mucilage at the same time so no need for further fermentation and washing, i.e. from pulping straight to drying but still maintains quality. When operated efficiently it uses a tenth less water to pulp a kg of coffee.
The PPAP is an agriculture sector development initiative designed to improve the livelihood of smallholder cocoa and coffee producers supported by the project.
The smallholder growers and their families witnessing the new technology pulping coffee beans in large quantity. Pictures courtesy of PPAP/CIC.
Former local MP William Wii witnessing ICC chairman Ian Mopafi cutting the ribbon to official open the eco-pulper.
PPAP Manager Potaisa Hombunaka, CIC General Manager for Industry Operations Division Steven Tumae and ICC chairman Ian Mopafi being welcome by traditional dancers at Bung Village.
Bung Village girls and children in traditional attire welcoming the official party for the launching of a new eco-pulper on Thursday 3 December, 2015.
A staff of National Micro Bank in Jiwaka advising Bung villagers the importance of opening a bank account during the launching of a coffee pulping machine on Thursday 3 December, 2015.
Approved for release:
Mr Potaisa Hombunaka
Manager Project Management Unit (coffee)
Productive Partnerships in Agriculture
Coffee Industry Corporation