(L-R) World Bank Rep Allan Oliver and Chief Executive Officer for CIC Charles Dambui launching the Honey Bee Project in Goroka on Thursday 8 September, 2016. The picture on the right shows 103 bee stocks breed at AAAK Cooperative premises.
ON Thursday 8 September, CIC launched the Honey Bee Integration with Coffee.
Honey Bee was with Livestock Development Corporation (LDC) and was transferred to CIC in 2014 as there is symbiotic relationship with Coffee. The Hon. MP for Bulolo, Sam Basil who happened to be in Goroka also attended the launching. He congratulated CIC for integrating honey bees into coffee as he had already done in his electorate in 2009.
The Director of Policy and Planning, DAL John Kendiga on behalf of Secretary DAL was delighted to see that the policy of transferring honey bee to CIC had been embraced and implemented.
The AAAK Coffee Cooperative Society Ltd, a Co Partner with PNG Coffee Exports Ltd, lead partner under CIC-PPAP had seen the importance of integrating honey bee into their farmers coffee gardens and sought funding support from PPAP to begin breeding honey bees to supply to their farmers.
Under Call 4 PPAP will support AAAK with K100,000 plus other lead partners to supply honey bees to the farmers.
Chief Executive Officer for CIC Charles Dambui also announced that AAAK will be CIC’s Service Provider to breed and supply honey bees to coffee farmers. He also announced that a portion of land will be made available at Zuguru for AAAK to expand its breeding program of honey bee.
A long time honey bee officer and now EHP DAL Director Ekesu Margo confirmed that Zuguru is the best place to breed honey bee and is supportive of the move.
The PPAP is a CIC project through the Department of Agriculture & Livestock financed by a loan facility from World Bank (IDA) and IFAD with counter-funding from GoPNG.
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