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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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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