THE Coffee Industry Corporation is finalising a household survey of close to 2000 farmers taking part in coffee rehabilitation in Enga Province.
The survey is being supervised by CIC’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP) which is implementing industry improvement work in partnership with private sector firms Wapenamanda Coffee Factory Ltd and Niugini Sustainable Energy Solutions Ltd.
Wapenamanda Coffee is servicing 800 households or farmers covering 280 hectares in Wapenamanda, Wabag, Lower Lai and Task Valley. Niugini Sustainable is helping 1,170 households covering 410 hectares mostly in Kompiam/Ambum and Wabag District.
This follows the signing of a partnership agreement in Wabag on Thursday 7 July totalling K2.7 million.
Purpose of the household survey is to collect baseline data or information on the labour per household who contributes to coffee production, level of education of people in a house, working tools required by farmers and farming practices including methods employed by farmers to dry coffee beans.
“A baseline information is vital for us to properly plan and deliver the kind of help required by the farmers as we’re doing in the highlands provinces,” explains Project Manager Mr Potaisa Hombunaka.
The survey will also help to provide data on coffee production and income for participating households in the last 12 months and market accessibility which include condition of roads farmers use to sell their harvest.
The status of existing coffee gardens that require rehabilitation or improvement work to increase coffee production and quality will be established as well.
The survey is being conducted by local coffee extension and agriculture field officers with the support of ward councillors in respective areas. They participated in a training in November 2016 with CIC-PPAP field technical consultant Steven Tevo.
“We engaging extension or field officers from the area so the knowledge that is developed during the duration of the project remains in the area to continue to assist the farmers,” says Mr Tevo.
Coffee was introduced to Enga about 70 years ago and is still a major cash commodity for the rural population.
The partnership agreements pave the way for respective LPs to carry out rehabilitation work which includes improving the farmers’ rundown coffee gardens, set up nurseries to raise coffee seedlings and start improved post-harvest practices in cluster groups.
The LPs 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.
“This is an important project I believe will change the lives of many people,” says Lead Partner Patrick Komba of Wapenamanda Coffee Factory Ltd.
THE PPAP coffee rehabilitation is a CIC project coordinated by Department of Agriculture & Livestock and financed by a loan facility from World Bank (IDA) and IFAD with support funding from PNG Government.
CIC-PPAP field technical consultant Steven Tevo showing staff of Wapenamanda Coffee Factory Ltd how to enter the data onto the online Management Information System (MIS) which the project management unit is now using to compile all its data and reporting.
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