AMBUM VALLEY FARMERS TO REVIVE COFFEE GARDENS
FARMERS in the Ambum Valley of Enga Province are looking forward to reviving their coffee gardens in return for more yield and income.
This is the undertaking from a farmer and community leader Johannes Yola who is organizing 428 farmers or households in the area under Coffee Industry Corporation’s industry rehabilitation program.
The farmers at Ambum Valley will work together with Wabag Catholic Diocese who has signed a partnership agreement with CIC on November 9, 2016 to help in coffee improvement work under call 4.
Under the contract the CIC’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP) will fund coffee rehabilitation activities in the valley with K1.1 million on tranche payment basis. The Lead Partner Wabag Catholic Diocese and their farmers’ sweat equity contribution is K500,000, hence the total partnership agreement is for K1.6 million.
“We’re organizing farmers as five co-partner groups under our diocese to plant new coffee trees and to revive old coffee gardens with infilling and replanting as well.
“Last year we planted close to 20,000 seedlings from our nurseries located on the upper side of Ambum Valley.
“With the support of CIC-PPAP we will increase the number of seedlings and coffee production in the next three years,” says a confident Mr Yola.
The partnership arrangement will also see farmers getting tools and materials to help with clearing and pruning of their coffee gardens, control weed, dry coffee and control quality.
The focus of the project is to improve coffee yield and quality which has declined over the years. At the farmers’ level, it means more income to improve their wellbeing.
The funding also covers introduction of honey bee into selected coffee gardens and materials to improve processing of quality coffee beans.
The farmers will also attend CIC-PPAP funded trainings on personal viability, financial literacy, gender equality and HIV/AIDS.
“This training is for everyone in the community, except for tools which will be distributed to 428 households at a subsidized cost of 5% by the farmers,” explains Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka.
The coffee development work in Ambum will also engage women and youth groups from other denominations in Ambum Valley.
In July 2016 CIC-PPAP signed a K2.7 million agreement with partners Wapenamanda Coffee Factory Ltd and Niugini Sustainable Energy Solutions Ltd under call 3 proposals. The partners will service close to 200 farmers covering 690 hectares in Wapenamanda, Wabag, Lower Lai, Task Valley and Kompiam/Ambum.
Coffee rehabilitation work in Enga is now involving close to 2500 households covering 1250 hectares. Total investment under this program is K4.3 million.
The PPAP coffee rehabilitation is a CIC project coordinated by Department of Agriculture & Livestock and financed by a loan facility from World Bank (IDA) and IFAD with support funding from PNG Government.
(L-R) CIC officer in Enga Province Sam Kamgal Mek who will be working closely with farmer and leader Johannes Yola to improve coffee gardens in the Ambum Valley area.
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Potaisa H. Hombunaka (Mr)
Productive Partnerships in Agricultural Project (coffee component)