Combined investigations and delimiting surveys conducted by the Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd (CIC) and the National Agriculture Quarantine Inspections Authority (NAQIA) recently have identified infestation of the pest “Coffee Berry Borer (CBB)” in the Banz Area of Jiwaka Province and Assaro Area of Eastern Highlands Province.

Therefore, this Circular serves to advise the Coffee Industry stake holders that CIC as the mandated regulator of the Coffee Industry has taken immediate steps to eradicate, contain and manage this pest incursion by activating its Emergency Response Plan (ERP).

All coffee growing provinces within Papua New Guinea are declared “Restricted Areas”. CIC will publish by official Circulars releases through media outlets, the specified provinces which are declared to be quarantined and restricted for the purposes of curbing the spread of CBB.

Apart from its inspection powers conferred to it under Section 12 of the Coffee Industry Corporation (Statutory Functions and Powers) Act 1991, CIC’s Inspectors conduct awareness and take the following prohibitive measures to curb the spread of CBB:

(i) Prevent the transfer of coffee plants or any parts of the coffee plants from being transported out of a restricted area.

(ii) Confiscate and dispose of any material used in the transportation of unprocessed or processed coffee that are suspected of being contaminated with the presence of CBB.

(iii) Confiscate and dispose of processed coffee tested to have moisture content level above 12%.

(iv) Prevent conveyance of processed coffee from “Restricted Area” to point of export, except with Fumigation Notice certified by the Coffee Industry Corporation Limited.

The declaration of “restricted areas” and “prohibitive measures” mentioned in this circular have been legalized by publication in the National Gazette No. G165 on 8th March 2017.

This circular is issued to inform CIC stake holders of the immediate actions CIC has taken upon discovery of the CBB incursion and the need for the stake holders’ corporation with CIC to prevent and eliminate the spread of this pest.

CIC advises its stake holders that road blocks will be set to check all unprocessed coffees (cherry and parchment) and all CBB damaged coffees will be destroyed on the spot. Traces will be made back to the farms or gardens where these unprocessed coffee come from for appropriate actions to be taken.

CIC will continue to update all stake holders of the approach it has taken and the likely outcome through official circular publications from time to time.

Thank you.

Mr. Charles Dambui
Chief Executive Officer