Coffee rehab increases coverage into remote Simbai, Madang Province

THE success of coffee rehabilitation work in the remote inland area of Simbai in Madang Province has boosted Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC)’s confidence to help more farmers with additional funding.

This follows the signing of an agreement between CIC’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) and Lead Partner, Diocese of Aipo Rong – Anglican Church of PNG (ACPNG) in Mt Hagen on Tuesday 26 July, 2016.

The PPAP is a CIC project through the Department of Agriculture & Livestock financed by a loan facility from World Bank (IDA) and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with counter-funding from PNG Government.

The contract agreement totalling K1,155,624 paves the way for Anglican Church to continue rehabilitation work which includes improving rundown coffee gardens, set up nurseries to raise coffee seedlings and start improved post-harvest practices in cluster groups.

The Anglican Church is a CIC-PPAP Lead Partner under call 2 and is working with 877 farmers in five (5) cluster groups in the mountains of Simbai. The farmer groups cover 439 hectares stretching from as far as Lower Jimi in Jiwaka across to Angoram District in East Sepik.

Simbai in Madang Province borders Western Highlands, Jiwaka, Angoram District of East Sepik and Enga Province.  The estimate terrain elevation above sea level is 2,144 metres. Therefore delivering coffee  development work to remote and rugged mountain areas like in Simbai is CIC-PPAP’s biggest challenge.

“But we’re confident to extend our coverage with the support of the Lead Partner and enthusiasm of our rural farmers there,” says Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka.

The Lead Partner will also facilitate farmer training in selected topics like in business management skills, conduct farm book/record keeping, and carry out HIVAIDS and gender equality training with farmers and their families.

Early this year in April ACPNG with the support of BSP Mt Hagen opened 204 new accounts for Simbai farmers and their families.  A financial literacy training funded by CIC-PPAP also attracted 204 participants. This is an initiative under coffee rehabilitation work being carried out by ACPNG.

Mr Hombunaka stressed that the success of coffee rehabilitation work to improve our farmers‘ livelihood hinges on productive partnership.

 “I encourage the provincial government and district development authorities to also support our effort by building roads, bridges and airstrips for farmers to access markets and social services.”

 

The CIC-PPAP is extending its coverage under call 3 to four (4) new provinces namely Southern Highlands, Enga, Morobe and East New Britain. Simbai in Madang Province is an existing project but is the only successful applicant under the recent call to continue coffee rehabilitation activities with additional farmers.

Standing at the back from left to right are Co Partner Reuben Fuopo from Anglican Stop AIDS, Project Coordinator Vincent Kaniemba, Data Entry Clerk Rose Yangu, Veronica Tame and CIC-PPAP Component 2 Coordinator (Western Zone) Bernard Pilon witnessing Rev Bishop Nathan Ingen, Diocesan Bishop of Anglican Church signing the agreement for Simbai area of Madang Province.