TWO groups of coffee farmers in North and South Waghi have been praised for their effort in lifting the profile of Jiwaka coffee following their success at the 2016 National Coffee Cupping competition in Lae.
The groups namely Kosem/PPAP of North Waghi and Kosem/PPAP of South Waghi also made history to become the first, not only in Jiwaka Province but also in the Highlands Region, to export their coffee directly overseas to South Korea fulfilling CIC’s Tree-to-Cup policy under group marketing.
The Chief Executive Officer of Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) Charles Dambui praised the farmers for setting a milestone achievement during the launch of their first export container of 320 green bean bags at Banz station on Thursday 9 September.
“My big congratulations to the groups to export their coffee overseas under group marketing fulfilling the Tree-to-Cup policy which aims to connect farmers with overseas market.
“This is a milestone achievement. It sends a big signal to the other participants of the National Coffee Cupping competition.
“If Jiwaka can send a container to overseas market I believe the others must set the same example.”
The CEO acknowledged the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and GoPNG for funding PPAP coffee rehabilitation effort which in a very short time is producing some remarkable results.
The Jiwaka farmers qualified the regional challenge to make the top 10 finalists at the national competition in September. The groups finished 4th and 6th respectively out of 114 Arabica coffee competitors.
To organize the farmers to produce quality coffee and participate in the coffee competition and group marketing is an initiative of Managing Director of Kosem Coffee Ltd, John Munull and his son Mark, who is the Project Coordinator of the CIC-PPAP funded project.
“This is the beginning of a long journey and we will continue to walk further,” says Mr Bernard Munnul. It is a huge achievement for the Munnul’s with the professional support of CIC officer Philip Puke and PPAP consultant Steven Tevo to begin the change in farmers’ attitude who are used to selling of cherries or parchment on roadsides.
Project Manager for CIC-PPAP, Potaisa Hombunaka acknowledges his predecessor David Freyne and PPAP Field Technical Officer for Western Zone Steven Tevo for job well done because they were the ones who contributed significantly to delivering these outstanding results.
Female farmers also played a huge part in the achievement. One is Emelda Take of Kormul Kana Village in South Waghi who contributed four bags under Kosem/PPAP. She appreciates her effort and now understands the importance of producing quality coffee.
“Bai mi wet liklik long kisim pe tasol em bai bikpela mani liklik na mi amamas ,” (I will wait a while to get paid but will get a little bit more so I’m happy).
After all internal costs of processing and marketing, the farmers will receive K5.50 plus per kilogram of parchment compared to roadside price of less than K4 per kg.
The group’s total price of K17,000 from the cupping competition will be used to construct raised beds to dry coffee instead of on the ground hence aiming for higher quality in the coming years.
The Director of Policy & Planning of DAL, John Kendiga whilst congratulating Kosem and its Co Partners challenged the growers to produce more of the same quality as per the market demand.
Chief Executive officer for CIC Charles Dambui (right) and PPAP chairman Ian Mopafi cutting the ribbon to launch the first container of 320 coffee bags ready for export.