PROVINCIAL and Local Level Governments must know the existence of coffee rehabilitation work in their province to support it, says Potaisa Hombunaka, Manager of Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (coffee component).
“It is important to go down also to the next tier of government especially LLGs so that they are aware.
“The Provincial Government and LLGs are equally vital to add synergy to this project.”
Mr Hombunaka said this during the signing of a partnership agreement between Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC), New Britain Resources Development Ltd (NBRDL) as Lead Partner and Co Partner Qaqet Stewardship Council Inc at Sinivit LLG headquarters in Pomio District on Friday 30 June, 2016.
PPAP is a CIC project financed by a loan facility from World Bank (IDA) and IFAD with counter-funding from the PNG Government.
The agreement paves the way for PPAP’s new Lead Partner to implement coffee rehabilitation activities which include improving old coffee gardens and setting up nurseries for one million seedlings in the project area within Pomio District. The project will involve 1,000 farmers covering 1,000 hectares.
The Lead Partner (LP) has committed to invest K1 million which includes construction of a warehouse for storage and green bean coffee processing factory in Kokopo. The LP
had already from own resources produced and supplied 70,000 seedlings to farmers to plant.
Mr Hombunaka also emphasized the importance of accountability and good governance in the management of PPAP projects in compliance with World Bank guidelines.
“This is why we bring the signing ceremony here in the presence of our farmers because the Lead Partner and Co Partner are accountable to them.
“The PPAP model is involving the private sector to drive it under PPP of government. This agriculture project is becoming successful because of governance issues and project implementation by private sectors, NGOs including church agency.”
President of Sinivit LLG Boniface Gerep was grateful for CIC-PPAP to include Pomio District in the coffee rehabilitation program.
“We started taking about this three years ago and I’m happy because the project will put money in the little people’s pocket and we must support it,” he said.
Mr Gerep who is also the Deputy Chairman of Pomio District Development Authority praised his farmers for being accepted earlier by CIC to participate in the 2016 Coffee Cupping competition to be held in Lae.
New Britain Resources Development Ltd is one of seven new private sector organizations engaged under call 3 proposals to extend coverage of coffee rehabilitation work in the country.
Others present to witness the signing at Sinivit were company representatives, ENB provincial executives, LLG president and staff, CIC officials and coffee farmers and their families.
Colonial administrative records suggest that coffee was grown at Ralum in the Kokopo district by the famous “Queen Emma” (Emma Coe Forsayth) with the aid of a botanist named Richard Parkinson. While copra and cocoa has taken lead in the Gazelle area, people in Pomio are still growing coffee but marketing has been an obstacle. Hence the construction of a warehouse and green bean processing factory will boost coffee production and quality not only in East New Britain, but also for the New Guinea Islands region including New Ireland, West New Britain and even the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The PPAP is a coffee rehabilitation project of CIC funded by a loan facility from World Bank, IFAD and counter-funding from GoPNG.
CIC-PPAP Manager Potaisa Hombunaka emphasizing accountability and good governance in the PPAP coffee rehabilitation work at Sinivit LLG headquarters in Pomio District, East New Britain Province.
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Potaisa H. Hombunaka (Mr)
PPAP – CIC