Timbuka Coffee Limited in Western Highlands Province is managed by Ms Daisy Casopang and is one of first women recipients of the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) funding under Coffee Industry Cooperation (CIC).
The Lead Partner (LP) has three co-partner groups operating in the Nebilyer District and Hagen Central in Western Highlands Province, and Avi in Jiwaka Province.
The Lead Partner services 432 farmers. This partnership agreement between Timbuka Coffee and CIC-PPAP is aim at increasing the production of quality coffee.
Recently the Lead Partner organized a training session for 469 smallholder farmers in three districts. It was an opportunity for the farmers to acquire knowledge and skills in coffee husbandry techniques, coffee harvesting, processing and quality improvement, and coffee marketing.
Among the participants were 97 female farmers and 53 children who have their own coffee blocks.
Mrs Cathy Rumints, a former civil society advocate and a female member of the PPAP coffee board (Industry Coordination Committee) attended the closing of the training at Nebilyer.
She was overwhelmed with the initiative taken by Timbuka Coffee Limited to work with smallholder coffee growers, especially women and children, and encourages other coffee partnerships to do the same.
Mrs Rumints wants to see all stakeholders take ownership of the opportunity being presented by CIC through PPAP to advance in their coffee production and livelihoods.
A very influential community leader in the area, Councilor John Ketelga Pulga of Nebilyer Ward 1 was a participant in the training session. Mr Pulga is also a smallholder coffee grower.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, Mr Pulga said coffee is their lifeline and he wants to see the improvement and development of coffee production and quality to bring more income to the growers and their families.
He therefore welcomed CIC’s rehabilitation project under PPAP and the training conducted over the two days.
Mr Pulga urges his people to put to good use the knowledge and skills they acquired in the two-day training.
He regrets the training should have come earlier during his active days so that he can be empowered to become somebody he dreamt of. However he is pleased with the training as timely for young people and encourages them to bring to fruit the theory of tree-to-cup.
The theory refers to the industrial process of converting the raw fruit of the coffee plant into the finished coffee. By adding value and processing the coffee locally, coffee farmers can increase their income and subsequent livelihood.
Elder Pulga added that the Lead Partner was visionary and thanked Ms Daisy Casopang for bringing PPAP to their haus lain or door step.
Other LPs participating in these projects are Kosem Small Holder, Kosem Group, Pacific Agriculture Management Services (PAMSL), PNG Coffee Exports, Anglimp Small holder and Rilke Coffee Ltd. These LPs are managing more than 10,000 small coffee farmers between Mt Hagen (Western Highlands) and Jiwaka Province.
Cathy Rumints urges coffee farmers at Nebilyer to take advantage of the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) to change their lives. Seated is Ms Daisy Casopang who manages Timbuka Coffee Limited in Western Highlands Province.
Councilor John Ketelga Pulga of Nebilyer Ward 1.