COFFEE FARMER PROFILING TAKES PLACE IN MOROBE
THE Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) through its Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) is organizing over 1000 farmers in the countryside of Morobe for a household survey (HHS).
The survey involves 1065 growers or households from six groups namely Pelato Kofi Grup (95 households) and Kei Rural Coffee Cooperative (200 households) in Buang, Mato Coffee Group in Mumeng (210), Gamin Coffee Cooperative in Waing (230), Kwaita Mini Coffee Plantation in Wantoat (260) and Irumu Coffee Group in Wampar (70).
The farmers will take part in CIC-PPAP industry rehabilitation activities covering 531 hectares.
The groups will operate under CIC-PPAP’s call 3 Lead Partner; Niugini Coffee, Tea and Spices Ltd following the signing of a partnership agreement recently in September worth K1, 562,446.
Purpose of the household survey is to gather baseline data or information on the labour per household who contributes to coffee production, level of education of people in a house, working tools required by farmers and farming practices including methods employed by farmers to dry coffee beans.
“A baseline information is vital for us to properly plan and deliver the kind of help required by the farmers as we’re doing in the highlands provinces,” explains Mr Abner Yalu, Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Consultant for CIC-PPAP.
The survey will also help to provide data on coffee production and income for participating households in the last 12 months and market accessibility which include condition of roads farmers use to sell their harvest.
The status of existing coffee gardens that require rehabilitation or improvement work to increase coffee production and quality will be established as well.
The survey is being conducted by local coffee extension and agriculture field officers with the support of ward councillors in respective areas. They attended a three-day training at DAL office top town Lae on Monday 10 October.
“We engaging extension or field officers from the area so the knowledge that is developed during the duration of the project remains in the area to continue to assist the farmers,” says Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka.
Coffee was introduced to Morobe about 70 years ago and is a major cash commodity for the rural population.
“With the help of tools and training we will get, we will improve our coffee gardens, get more cherries and more money to improve our lives. Bikos mipela stap wankain yet,” says a senior farmer Mr Laboni Yomsa of Kwaita in Wantoat. Farmer Yomsa will help with the household survey.
“This is an important project I believe will change the lives of many people,” says Project Coordinator for Niugini Coffee, Tea and Spice Ltd Johny Napo.
The coffee rehabilitation work is funded by a loan facility from World Bank, IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with counter-funding from PNG Government.
Field officers attending household survey training at Lae-based DAL office
Approved for release:
Potaisa H. Hombunaka (Mr)
PPAP – CIC