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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Coffee boss requests release of K20mil

The productive partnerships in agriculture project is again calling on the government to release the K20 million it had allocated to eradicate the coffee berry borer. Chairman Ian Mopafi was responding to a statement by Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Richard Maru who had written to Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel to release the money. Mopafi said the coffee pest should be dealth with urgently to save the industr’s 3.5 million growers in 16 provinces. “We’re extending[…]

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PPAP coffee thanks IFAD to attend Jakarta forum

THE Coffee Industry Corporation’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture (CIC-PPAP) is grateful to International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to sponsor its participation at a recent high-level agriculture forum in Indonesia. The South-South Forum on ‘Empowering Communities, Strengthening Resilience’ was held in capital city Jakarta on the 8th of August, 2017. The Project Manager for CIC-PPAP Mr Potaisa Hombunaka attended the international forum with the Secretary for Department of Agriculture & Livestock Dr Vele Pat Ila’ava who attended on behalf of[…]

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Coffee Berry Borer pest “not a joke” – official

THE coffee berry borer (CBB) pest is “not a joke”, says Potaisa Hombunaka, manager of World Bank and IFAD financed coffee rehabilitation project in Papua New Guinea. “The incursion is real, it is not a joke. In the next three to five years we will not have an industry if we don’t take this seriously. “The coffee industry is now living on borrowed time. We must do something about it immediately or we’re gone.” Mr Hombunaka who is project manager[…]

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Boost for coffee growing as industry donates tools

THE Coffee Industry Corporation’s productive partnerships in agriculture project (CIC-PPAP) is continuing to support farmers with tools and materials to improve their gardens. The latest was for 110 farmers from the Mt Michael range in Lufa, Eastern Highlands. The farmers and their families received the tools on Thursday. The villagers were part of the 1500 farmers in Lufa taking part in the CIC-PPAP’s industry rehabilitation project. The PPAP coffee component is financing the project. Farmer Maria Kaneba, of Senamama village,[…]

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PPAP coffee commits K1 million to fight CBB pest

THE Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (coffee component) is helping Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) with K1 million to combat the coffee berry borer (CBB) pest. Project Manager for PPAP Mr Potaisa Hombunaka reiterated the commitment again during a field visit to CBB infested gardens in Asaro District of Eastern Highlands Province on Friday 14 July. He said the money will be used to purchase tools and materials like bowsaws, bush knives, files, spades, secateurs or scissors, knapsacks and weedicides to[…]

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