CLOSE to 40,000 coffee seedlings are ready for distribution to gardens in the mountains of Simbai and Kovon in the Middle Ramu District of Madang Province.
This is an initiative of Coffee Industry Corporation’s industry rehabilitation under call 2 proposals in partnership with the Diocese of Aipo Rong – Anglican Church of PNG (ACPNG).
The seedlings will be distributed from the main nursery at Kaironk Village following a field visit by a team of CIC-PPAP officers on Thursday 26 January, 2017. The officers flew into the area on a MAF flight from Mt Hagen and walked for almost 13 hours in three days from Dusin airstrip to meet the farmers after spending two nights in two villages.
“This is your future. Plant it, look after it and the coffee tree will look after you in return,” said Richard Alepa of CIC-PPAP who jointly launched the project with CIC officer in-charge of Middle Ramu, David Elmai.
Over 100 enthusiastic farmers and their families including children participated in the welcome and launching ceremony.
These seedlings will replace old coffee trees as part of coffee rehabilitation efforts to help some 877 farmers taking part in coffee rehabilitation in the area.
A field verification exercise was also conducted with farmers who expressed satisfaction with the CIC-PPAP intervention to revive their coffee gardens with benefits like distribution of tools at a subsidized cost.
The farmers and their families also participated in some trainings conducted by the lead partner ACPNG in the areas of business management skills, HIVAIDS and gender equality.
“Coffee remains a significant source of income to keep the people here out of absolute poverty.”
“In a diversifying agriculture economy, growing coffee may not give them all they wanted in life, but at least it moves them in some direction out of poverty, and that is something,” says Project Manager Mr Potaisa Hombunaka.
The 877 growers or households operate under five (5) cluster groups covering 439 hectares stretching from as far as Lower Jimi in Jiwaka Province across to Angoram District in East Sepik.
The PPAP-Coffee Component is a CIC project under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture & Livestock financed by a loan facility from World Bank (IDA) and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with counter-funding from PNG Government.
The CIC-PPAP officers Richard Alepa (left) and David Elmai (right) with coffee farmers and their families at the main nursery site at Kaironk Village in the mountains of Simbai, Madang Province.
The main nursery site at Kaironk Village that will distribute 40,000 seedlings to the farmers in the mountains of Simbai and Kovon in Middle Ramu District of Madang Province.
Coffee farmers at Kaironk Village in Simbai listening to CIC-PPAP officers on how to improve and maintain their coffee gardens to support their livelihood.
Some female coffee farmers at Kaironk Village in the mountains of Simbai, Madang Province listening to CIC-PPAP officers’ advices on best practices to improve their coffee gardens.
Approved for release:
Potaisa H. Hombunaka (Mr)
PPAP – CIC