THE effort by Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) to increase production and quality is gaining momentum with a recent announcement of seven (7) new partnership agreements in Goroka under the additional funding.
The agreement under call 3 proposals will see these private sector companies or organizations partner coffee component of Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) in the industry rehabilitation work.
Project Manager for PPAP Mr Potaisa Hombunaka revealed this in a two-day training meeting with the new Lead Partners (LPs) and Project Coordinators, Provincial DPI Advisors and CIC Extension officers of the four new provinces who will now also participate in the project (Southern Highlands, Enga, Morobe and ENB) in Goroka on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 June.
“The new partnerships will cover additional 5,888 coffee households totalling 2,947 hectares.
The new LPs are Wapenamanda Coffee Factory Ltd, Niugini Sustainable Energy Solutions Ltd (Enga), Kori Coffee Ltd, Warepena Constructions Ltd (SHP), New Britain Resources Development Ltd (ENB), Diocese of Aipo Rong-ACPNG (Simbai), and Niugini Coffee, Tea and Spice Ltd (Morobe).
The ACPNG was a LP under Call 2 and is the only successful applicant to continue with additional farmers under a new agreement in the remote inland area of Simbai, Madang Province.
The PPAP board or Industry Coordination Committee in its meeting in Jiwaka last month approved the final seven (7) LPs.
The LPs were taken through the World Bank process and procedures by PPAP consultants in the two-day meeting on how to plan, appropriate and account for the funds allocated under the project.
“We’ve tightened up some loose ends and we’re now on forward drive mode to deliver this project.
“In terms of governance the PPAP model is being recognized and as long as we work together we can improve the wellbeing of our farmers. This is the expected outcome of this project,” Mr Hombunaka emphasized.
“This is the first time for all stakeholders in the provinces to participate and I’m impressed,” said Stanley Mapua, CIC’s provincial farmer training and extension coordinator in SHP.
The signing of respective contracts with LPs will take place in respective areas or provinces. The first signing was with New Britain Resources Development Ltd on Friday 30 June in Sinivit LLG premises, East New Britain Province.
“Issues of governance is important for this project.
“This is to ensure Lead Partners are accountable and we do it right,” said Mr Hombunaka.
The PPAP is a coffee rehabilitation project of CIC funded by a loan facility from World Bank, IDA (International Development Association) and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with counter-funding from GoPNG.
CIC-PPAP Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka (standing left) with the heads of six private sector companies and Diocese of Aipo Rong-ACPNG (Simbai) during a training and agreement signing meeting held at the Bird of Paradise Hotel Goroka on Tuesday 28 June.
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