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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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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AUTHORITIES AWAITING GOVT SUPPORT TO CONTINUE CBB OPERATION

The message now to all coffee farmers in all coffee growing provinces is to get back to the basics of applying best management practices at this crucial time with the coffee berry borer (CBB) already in the country. This was the key message from Agriculture Minister Hon Tommy Tomscoll when visiting a highly infested coffee block in the Asaro area of Eastern Highlands Province on Friday March 24th, 2017. Mr Tomscoll was accompanied by senior officials from the Coffee Industry[…]

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TOMSCOLL: K50m NEEDED TO SUPPORT COFFEE BORER WORK

Approximately K50 million will be needed by the quarantine authorities to address the current incursion of coffee berry borer in the country. Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll announced this during a press conference held in Port Moresby on Wednesday March 15th, 2017. “Currently, the Jiwaka- Division of Agriculture & Livestock (DAL), National Agriculture Quarantine Authority (NAQIA) and the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) are implementing a delimiting survey in the Eastern Highlands and Jiwaka provinces. This survey will help us understand the extent[…]

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INDUSTRY CIRCULAR: COFFEE BERRY BORER

TO THE COFFEE INDUSTRY STAKE HOLDERS   Combined investigations and delimiting surveys conducted by the Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd (CIC) and the National Agriculture Quarantine Inspections Authority (NAQIA) recently have identified infestation of the pest “Coffee Berry Borer (CBB)” in the Banz Area of Jiwaka Province and Assaro Area of Eastern Highlands Province. Therefore, this Circular serves to advise the Coffee Industry stake holders that CIC as the mandated regulator of the Coffee Industry has taken immediate steps to eradicate,[…]

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