Teach Agro Business, Marketing & Business Planning with Agriculture as one unit

Agro Business, Marketing and Business Planning should be taught together with Agriculture in Universities and not as separate subjects, says Potaisa Hombunaka, Manager of Coffee Industry Corporations’ Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP). Mr Hombunaka has over 30 years’ experience in the agriculture sector, mostly in the coffee industry but also in rubber, cocoa, horticulture and livestock developments. He said while the government is focusing on developing agriculture sector, universities and colleges offering agriculture training have a responsibility to play[…]

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Treat coffee as an economic tree to combat CBB pest: official

WE can combat the coffee berry borer (CBB) threat with farmers support to change their mindset and start treating coffee as an economic tree, says an industry official. Project Manager for Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (coffee) Potaisa Hombunaka says the CBB pest “is a blessing in disguise”. “It is bad but will make farmers get serious with coffee as a business by looking after their coffee gardens.” “A coffee garden that grows wild is a perfect host for the[…]

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More to coffee than meets the taste buds

COFFEE Industry Corporation’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP) is making a significant contribution to professional skills development in Papua New Guinea’s agriculture sector. The project is employing recent graduates from agricultural colleges and universities through 36 partnerships which are involved in coffee rehabilitation activities in 10 of  the 16 coffee-growing provinces. The project is also enhancing cross learning between graduates and locals from coffee-growing communities. This partnership is helping officers to use local knowledge to help rural farmers. Project[…]

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Minister To Pursue K20m For Pest

BY MATTHEW VARI Highlighted as priority number one, the Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Benny Allan, says his department will pursue funds earmarked for the response to the coffee berry borer (CBB) currently present in Jiwaka and Eastern Highlands provinces. Mr Allan made the statement when presenting the department’s 100-day plan for the sector and priorities. Mr Allan said to respond to CBB they will continue to implement the program with the promised K20 million under this year’s supplementary budget.[…]

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