A feasibility study into the establishment of a wet and dry coffee processing mill in the Kaintiba area of Gulf province is expected to begin soon.

This was made known following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Gulf Governor Havila Kavo and Coffee Industry CEO Charles Dambui yesterday (Thursday 10th November, 2016) at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby.

CIC chief executive officer Mr. Charles Dambui congratulated Mr. Kavo for taking this initiative into Kaintiba. He said while freight costs continue to increase annually, there is no guarantee for remote based farmers in the long term. “Such initiatives to enable farmers to get an FOB (free on board) value of green bean price at their processing end, is the way forward in addressing market access issues. He added that it will be the first time to set up a coffee factory in a remote setting as most processing mills are established within the main economic hub.

Mr Dambui made a call to respective governors of coffee growing provinces and districts to recognize the plight of farmers in these inaccessible areas, and to take ownership of viable options to assist them.

Gulf Governor Hon.Havila Kavo said over the years, his people in Kaintiba and Kotidanga have grown organic coffee but bringing the coffees to the markets was a huge problem.

“Accessibility and mobility continues to be an ongoing issue and in those areas and I am happy today, we are starting a concept that we had developed over a period of time.”

The Governor said he was happy that CIC had been able to accept the proposed project and looks forward for the feasibility study to begin.

The Gulf provincial government under this MoU has committed K1 million to get things rolling.

CIC Company Secretary Ms Wilma Agusave, CEO Mr. Charles Dambui, Gulf Governor Hon. Havila Kavo and Gulf Provincial Administrator Mr Marc Avai at the MoU signing on November 10th, 2016  in Port Moresby.