THE Western Highlands-based Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) substation has been upgraded and equipped with new office facilities. The latest inclusion is a power generator, thanks to the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP).
The new 35KVA generator was commissioned on Friday 17 March, 2017. The Powermax model diesel engine generator costing K52,000 (inclusive of GST) was purchased by CIC’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP). The funding was from joint World Bank and PNG Government to improve CIC’s capacity to better serve its farmers and other industry stakeholders.
Continuous power outage in the province has been affecting the operations of the officers including internet connectivity, accounting system and general operation of the organization for some years. The new generator and new look office building and facilities at Panga will improve productivity of staff there.
“We can’t run an organization effectively and efficiently with blackouts affecting IT and accounting systems,” said PPAP manager Mr Potaisa Hombunaka.
The substation facilitate coffee development and research work in the upper highlands provinces namely Jiwaka, Western Highlands, Enga, Southern Highlands, and also Madang and East Sepik.
Chief Executive Officer of CIC Charles Dambui who commissioned the new generator challenged the staff to utilize the assistance provided by PPAP to improve productively at work place and to ensure regular maintenance of the facility.
“We have to embrace these changes. We can’t call it a research station until we have proper facilities in place and thanks to PPAP coffee,” said Mr Dambui.
The CEO also acknowledge the presence of CIC officers attending to the Coffee Berry Borer pest in Banz and surrounding areas.
“We at CIC are better prepared to attend to CBB and I want to commend the effort of our inspectors on the ground,” Mr Dambui said.
So far PPAP coffee has spent a total of K387,000 to upgrade CIC’s Panga office. The spending comes under component 1 of PPAP development objective aimed at improving the capacity of CIC to effectively and efficiently service all stakeholders in the coffee value chain including growers and producers.
In 2015 PPAP financed the expansion of the office space facility with a fully-furnished conference room that can take up to 30 personnel at one time for all kinds of meetings and training sessions.
The substation was also supplied with 35 chairs, 6 tables and support facilities for an overhead projector for the conference room.
The extension work alone cost K270,000 in total and was funded by the World Bank and IFAD (International Fund for Agriculture Development) loan facility with counter-part funding from GoPNG. Extension work was carried out by Niugini Builders Ltd costing K230,000 and K40,000 was paid to Lae Theodist for supply of office furniture.
Another contract for K65,000 was also signed with Keith Builders last year to renovate the old office. This was financed from joint World Bank and PNG Government funding.
Senior procurement officer for CIC-PPAP Ms Theresa Witi said contractors for the development work at the Western Highlands substation were engaged under stringent World Bank procurement guidelines.
The PPAP is a coffee rehabilitation initiative of CIC funded by a loan facility from World Bank IDA (International Development Association) and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with counter funding from PNG Government.
Officiating at the opening from left to right are CIC-PPAP Component 2 Coordinator for Western Zone Bernard Pilon, CIC-PPAP Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka, Socio-Economist for CIC Ruben Sengere, Chief Executive Officer for CIC Charles Dambui and CIC Manager for Farmers Training & Extension Services Matei Labun.
The fully-furnished conference room that can take up to 30 personnel at one time for all kinds of meetings and training sessions.
Front view of the extended Western Highlands-based CIC substation which has been installed with new office furniture, thanks to the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP).
The new 35KVA genset is the latest inclusion for the Western Highlands facility because continuous power outage in the province has been affecting the operations of the officers there.
The CIC-PPAP team inspecting the facilities at Panga station including the coffee processing factory. From left to right are CIC-PPAP Field Technical Consultant for Western Zone Steven Tevo, Plantation Corporation’s Manager for Kofi Management Services Ltd Jack Wanto, CIC-PPAP Manager Potaisa Hombunaka, Chief Executive Officer for CIC Charles Dambui, Socio-Economist for CIC Ruben Sengere (obscure) and CIC-PPAP Senior Procurement Officer Theresa Witi. KSML is a subsidiary of CIC.
The Wanto family serving food to guests following the official opening of the Western Highlands substation.
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