Chuave MP and Chairman of Chuave District Development Authority Hon.Wera Mori has announced his support for a coffee revitalization program to revive coffee work in his district. This was made possible after a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed between the Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd and the Chuave District Development Authority (DDA) last Friday (April 15th, 2016) in Chuave.
The MoA signing took place in conjunction with the official commissioning of the completion of a K6.5m project for the Chuave district, including new staff houses, student dormitories, classrooms and science and computer laboratories for the Yauwe Moses Secondary School.
The occasion was witnessed by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who was the guest of honor at the invitation of the Chuave MP.
Mr O’Neill took the opportunity to announce that his government will make known new programs to revive agriculture in the country over the next few months.
The MoA comes after the MP Wera Mori raised concerns on the declining trend of coffee production in his electorate.
The MP said that the revitalization program will see a funding of K4.5 million over a period of 5 years for coffee extension work and K2.5 million for price support for smallholder farmers in the district giving a total value of K7 million for coffee work in the district.
Mr Mori stated that one reason why people have abandoned their coffee gardens and plots was due to lack of price support from the government when coffee prices fall. He added that with the price support provided, it will be a boost to the Chuave people to seriously get back into coffee planting and managing their coffee gardens.
CIC General Manager for Research & Grower Services Division Dr Mark Kenny said that under this partnership, CIC will provide support through extension, farmer training in terms of production and quality improvement and leading growers to participate in the specialty market. CIC will introduce new coffee processing technology such as the solar pulper system and other processing systems that will not only result in price increase but will also enhance the quality of life for rural coffee growers. Dr Kenny added that there is potential for price increase up to 100% if we get the processing systems right.
From left: Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Dr Mark Kenny CIC General Manager for Research and Extension, Chuave MP Wera Mori and CIC Company Secretary Wilma Banake Agusave after the MoA signing last Friday in Chuave.