A GOVERNMENT official has praised current efforts by Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) to improve coffee production and quality in Papua New Guinea.
“The PPAP is a successful project for the government,” says Daniel Kopel of Department of Treasury.
Mr Kopel revealed this position on behalf of a government team he led which accompanied the 10th World Bank Implementation Support Mission to check coffee rehabilitation work being carried out by Lead Partners of PPAP coffee in the highlands region.
The project is financed by a loan facility from World Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) with counter-funding from the PNG Government.
“When government went to get the loan, we wanted the best practice model to deliver this project.
“The success of this project led to additional funding from World Bank and IFAD.”
The project has been extended from June 2016 to June 2019 following additional financing. It will include other coffee growing areas or provinces like Enga, Southern Highlands, Morobe, Madang, East Sepik and East New Britain.
Mr Kopel said the government would like to see PPAP as a model project where lessons learned can be institutionalized or integrated into other CIC programs.
He emphasized that PPAP is a loan project and its success is the result of support by all stakeholders in the coffee industry.
“The buck stops at you. The success of your project depends on you to improve the livelihood of your children to have a good living standard. That is the expected outcome of this project.”
On behalf of the PNG Government Mr Kopel acknowledged World Bank IDA and IFAD for financing the project.
World Bank representative Allan Oliver and IFAD official Dan Vadnjal were also impressed with the many information on rehabilitation activities shared by PPAP Lead Partners and CIC in two presentations held at Goroka and Mt Hagen.
“There is lots of information on local approaches being used and you know best how to deliver the project,” says Mr Vadnjal.
“What you doing is a great job. It is a honest statement. We will work behind the scene to help you.”
Mr Vadnjal was struck by the remoteness of some projects particularly in Okapa, Eastern Highlands and inland Simbai, Madang Province where road and market access remains an obstacle to many rural farmers.
The PPAP is a coffee rehabilitation project of CIC funded by a loan facility from World Bank IDA and IFAD with counter-funding from PNG Government.
Daniel Kopel of Treasury Department and PPAP consultant Abner Yalu checking some tools that have been distributed to farmers at Miruma Village in Upper Asaro Valley, Eastern Highlands Province, to improve their coffee gardens.
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