TWENTY eight-year-old Sydney Leki, and his wife Zena (21) are a lovely couple with one child who have decided to attend a personal viability training together.
Sydney attended the training on the first day and was touched by what was shared which promoted him to bring along his wife on the second day when the organizers requested for more partakers.
Sydney didn’t feel shy to share his past and is looking forward to lead a new life as a young father and coffee farmer.
“Mi save mekim mistake. Kofi sisen kam, mi lus tingting long femili (I make mistakes. I ignore my family during harvest season).
“Ol toktok ol mekim long de wan kisim mi wansait stret (What I heard on the first day reflects on all my mistakes).
“Na namba sot long participants so mi kisim misis tu kam” (They request for more participants so I brought my wife as well).
The training is for farmers in Western Highlands and Jiwaka Provinces who are improving their gardens for more yield and income under Rilke Coffee Ltd, a Lead Partner of Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (coffee component) under call 2.
Sydney and his wife manages close to 10 hectares of coffee in Pagkam village located in the Mul District of Western Highlands. The coffee trees were handed over to Sydney by his father four years ago.
Sustainable management of coffee earnings is a setback for many households. Hence one purpose of the PPAP funded training is to make farmers realize their worth and potential. The training will also help farmers to manage their coffee earnings with some savings to invest in their wellbeing.
“Savings is a foreign culture to many illiterate farmers still living in traditional kunai huts. This can be similarly said for some working class Papua New Guineans too.
“The effort here is to make one realize his or her best self, accept today’s changes and think about their aims and goals in life”, says trainer Mr Malangtan Eliesa.
The training also focuses on moral spiritual growth.
“At this young age I’m happy with this opportunity to learn new things. It will help me spiritually and mentality as well to look after my family,” says Zena.
An elderly farmer who is taking part with his wife says it is ideal for married couples to attend personal viability trainings together.
“If only men take part and return to the haus lain to engage their wives it may not work.”
The gathering which attracted 37 farmers and their families started on Monday 21 November and will end Friday 2 December.
This is the third and last PVT for Rilke Coffee farmers take part in the industry rehabilitation activities in the two provinces.
The PPAP manager Potaisa Hombunaka says training of farmers is an important part of industry rehabilitation which started in June 2011 and has extended to 10 coffee growing provinces under call 4.
“I also had a privilege many years ago attending a week’s course on PVT. It benefitted me a lot and I encourage more people to attend this training.
“Distribution of tools at a subsidized cost is only for farmers budgeted in the project but training is for everyone in the community to attend.
“We have to rehabilitate the mindset of our farmers as well to embrace coffee as a business to grow and sustain their lives.”
The PPAP coffee component is a Coffee Industry Corporation project through the Department of Agriculture & Livestock. Its industry rehabilitation activities are financed by a loan facility from World Bank and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with support from PNG Government.
Coffee farmers who are taking part in the personality viability training in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands Province.
Farmer Sydney Leki and his wife Zena who decided to attend the training as a couple.
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Potaisa H. Hombunaka (Mr)
Productive Partnerships in Agricultural Project (coffee component)