THE Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) is the custodian of all industry rehabilitation efforts being carried out by Productive Partnerships in Agricultural Project (PPAP), explains Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka.
He says the World Bank (WB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are financing the project which is being implemented by a Project Management Unit (PMU) operating under CIC as the regulating agency.
“It is a World Bank and IFAD funded project through a loan facility provided to the PNG Government, therefore effectively Government of PNG is funding this project.”
“This must be understood because at the end of the day our children and grand-children will pay back this loan.”
Mr Hombunaka clarified this confusion when speaking to PPAP coffee Leader Partners and farmers during the 10th World Bank Implementation Support Mission visit to Goroka and Mt Hagen last month.
This mix-up has given a different connotation to industry partners including farmers.
Mr Hombunaka says the integration of CIC and PPAP was his first effort since taking office as project manager in September 2015 where PMU officers are now wearing CIC uniforms.
“Today there is no CIC and PPAP farmers. That nonsense has stopped. The project is here to serve our coffee farmers.”
Mr Hombunaka urged all partners in the coffee rehabilitation work to put in an honest effort to increase coffee production and quality for farmers to get a better price.
“If we do not perform well, government will get money from other sources to repay the loan and this will be a burden for our children and grandchildren.”
The PPAP is a coffee rehabilitation project of Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) funded by a loan facility from World Bank IDA (International Development Association) and IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) with counter-funding from GoPNG.
George Nomino, Coordinator of CDA Goroka, a Lead Partner of PPAP (coffee) introducing members of 10th World Bank Implementation Support Mission (L-R) Jonas Bautista (World Bank-Safeguards), Allan Oliver (World Bank) and Dan Vadnjal (IFAD) during a meeting with coffee farmers at his Miruma Village in the Upper Asaro area of Eastern Highlands Province.
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Potaisa H. Hombunaka (Mr)
PPAP – CIC