With the Marape-Steven government’s focus on taking back PNG through agriculture, it wants to see an increase in coffee production in the near future.
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock, Hon. John Simon told the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) during a recent visit to Goroka that the government wanted to see an increase in coffee production by at least by 20-30 percent this year and sustained increase in subsequent years.
Hon. John Simon was accompanied by Hon. Pogio Ghate, Vice Minister for Agriculture and Livestock (Coffee), Secretary of Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Mr Daniel Kombuk, and a representative from the Prime Minister’s Office, Malum Nalu.
Minister Simon said that the industry needed the right intervention to get things back on track that will trigger investment to increase production from its current 56,000 tonnes to 120,000 tonnes or more.
He said during these trying times, the agriculture sector could turn the economy around through exportable commodities. He said that close to K100 million each is required to increase coffee and cocoa production. This must be captured in the Covid-19 package to assist short to medium inter terms intervention strategies such as rehabilitation exercises and/or providing incentives for farmers in this critical time to increase coffee and cocoa production.
CIC Chief Executive Officer Charles Dambui said the industry needed active coffee producers to increase production among other obvious setbacks. “Our biggest challenge is to get the productive population into active coffee farming and create attractive incentive packages for them to fully participate and contribute towards increasing production.”
Dambui added that all exportable crops would generate new income into the country’s economy. He thanked Minister Simon for choosing coffee and cocoa under the stimulus package.
In terms of rehabilitation, Dambui said with the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Projects (PPAP) modality, this is the way forward for rehabilitation of rundown plantations. Under this modality, plantations are sub divided and given back to surrounding communities or landowners to manage. Labour and security costs are better managed with the respective holders under this type of arrangement. “That is the modality we’d like to drive going forward,” Dambui said.
PPAP Program Manager Potaisa Hombunaka said what needs to be done is to understand the real needs of the farmers before any implementation work could begin. He said planning requires understanding the needs and willingness of farmers before implementation of any project can come into effect.
“We must focus on what the farmers want. One of the immediate things our farmers want are coffee pulpers. When famers have coffee pulpers they can meaningfully engage in rehabilitation exercises,” Hombunaka said.
He said many farmers away from road links need better roads to transport their produce to the markets.
Hombunaka urged the Minister that if he secures funding, he must ensure coffee pulpers are purchased and supplied to coffee farmers who need them at a subsidised price.
He said that another area that needs support is the coffee/ cocoa economic roads. Roads are important as they bring the famers’ produce to the markets.
He stressed that farmers are simple people that need very simple interventions. “Let us sleep, eat and talk with them and address their needs then they will address the government’s needs.”


The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) is moving towards processing and documentation of coffee exports from Lae and other authorised ports using a new online system.
This follows the introduction of an online Coffee Export Management and Facilitation System (CEMFS) financed by Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (coffee component).
The Chief Executive Officer of CIC Charles Dambui said the online system will fast track processing of coffee exports including many common shipping documents efficiently without the fuss and delay associated with manual and paper documentation.
He added: “This new service will improve coffee export operations and enable us to be on par with international partners”.

“As time goes by CIC will integrate other features to make the online export Management system to be dynamic and robust. Our aim is to reduce turnaround time and also continue to improve and promote performances of all coffee export business,” he said.
Mr Dambui on behalf of PNG coffee industry acknowledged World Bank and IFAD or International Fund for Agricultural Development via PPAP (coffee) to provide many financial assistance to improve CIC’s capacity including installation of this online system.
Sam Menanga, Manager of Industry Regulations and Compliance (IRC) division of CIC said this is a big improvement but challenged all coffee exporting firms, freight forwarders and others “to work as partners to improve it”.
The online service was developed by SATEC an internet technology (IT) firm owned by Papua New Guineans. The company has 12 years’ IT experience and is based in Brisbane.
This initiative was financed by PPAP coffee at the cost of K200,000. The PPAP is a coffee rehabilitation project financed by World Bank and IFAD under a loan arrangement with PNG Government.
Project Manager for PPAP coffee Potaisa Hombunaka said IT is the way forward in today’s digital world to bring efficiency and remain competitive in coffee business.
The coffee manager added a normal stringent procurement process was involved to engage a qualified national firm to develop and set up the online export system.
“I believe in promoting Papua New Guineans. We have more than enough capabilities in the country and we can always seek their expertise from time to time.”
Simon Areke of SATEC explained they consulted with all including CIC’s Lae export office, exporters, Customs, NAQIA and freight forwarders to put together this system to be appreciated by all.
He said the system is user friendly because they only automated the forms CIC has been using with exporting firms, freight forwarders, NAQIA (National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority) and others to process and certify export of coffee.
“The system is very simple and you will appreciate it when you use it,” said Mr Areke.
He said CIC as the coffee industry regulator will be the administrator of the online service but assured coffee exporters that security of their offshore coffee contracts and other company information is guaranteed.
“We have installed block chain with excellent security systems where export contract details cannot be excess by others,” he said.
Following are other benefits of the online Coffee Export Management and Facilitation System:
• Exporters can monitor status of their application online.
• It is user friendly and simple to use where exporters can quickly edit information on automated forms using mobile phones and tablets from any location without the hassles of rushing back to their offices to make corrections or fill in new forms.
• There is a threshold of 24 hours for responses to application with a reminder to avoid delay in processing and documentation of forms.
• Number of forms to fill in has been reduced.
• The payment for overseas exports are done through bank cheques but the service can utilize an online payment system with the latest BSP exchange rates. It saves time and resources to arrange for banks cheques.

SATEC will host this service initially from Brisbane and in the long run CIC will host it.
Mr Menanga said exporters can start using both the manual and online system until October 2020 when new coffee season begins where all exporters will use the online version.
Coffee processing and exporting firms from all Arabica coffee provinces in the Highlands attended the online introductory session held at the Goroka Phoenix Hotel/Steakhouse. Some firms that attended were Colbran CoffeeLands Ltd, New Guinea Highlands Coffee Export, Coffee Connections, WR Carpenters, Rilke Coffee, Kongo Coffee, Kosem Coffee Ltd and Wapenamanda Coffee Factory.
Exporters were impressed and very positive of this milestone achievement for the industry with remarks or phrases like “highly commented” and “long overdue”.
David Rumbarumba of Kongo Coffee Ltd, a participant said “it makes our job easier for export processes but it is up for all of us to make it work”.
Mark Munnul of Kosem Coffee Ltd in Jiwaka Province asked if CIC can forge an understanding with national carrier Air Niugini to support the online system to include freighting of coffee for micro lots or specialty markets.
Otherwise Mr Munnul was impressed with this new service saying there are many forms to fill like shipping documents and this online system will help speed up the process.
Jemmima Colbran and Esther Vialeahy of Colbran CoffeeLands in the beautiful Aiyura Valley of Eastern Highlands congratulated CIC and PPAP coffee for introducing this long overdue service.
“Overall well done. With the new system, it will make it more efficient for us,” they said.

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PORT MORESBY, MONDAY 24th JUNE 2019 — The Minister for National Planning, Hon Richard Maru, has met with the World Bank and given them clear directions on our priorities for concessional funding in line with our Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) III priorities last Friday.

This follows a visit to Minister Maru by the World Bank Country Director of the Pacific Islands and PNG, Michel Kerf, where they discussed the Country Partnership Framework.

The Minister gave the World Bank six critical areas for long term focus to concentrate funding support in; Major Road Infrastructure, Youth Employment and Skills Training, Budget Support, Agriculture Development, Health and District Town Water Supply.

1) For the Major Road Infrastructure, the Government of PNG would like the World Bank to:
i. Concentrate on the design and building of Phase 1 of the Momase International Highway between Watarais in Markham to Madang;

ii. Commence the feasibility study and work on funding for the Gulf to Southern Highlands Highway upgrade and sealing program. After our Government completes the unsealed road using funding from the Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme this year.

2) For Youth Employment and Skills Training, GoPNG wants WB to concentrate on upgrading and expending our current technical colleges and to assist us fund more technical colleges and polytechnic institutions.

3) World Bank to assist our Government with a long term concessional funding for direct Budget Support.

4) On Agriculture Development, concentrate on Phase II of the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP). Minister Maru said the PNG Government is very happy with the positive impact of Phase I of the last 5 years and wants the Project to continue. In Phase II of the PAPP Projects, the Minister wants the focus to be on building high quality “commodity roads.” The Government wants a program to complete major commodity roads to provide access for coffee, cocoa and vanilla farmers and fresh food farmers to take their produce to market in the highlands and coastal provinces. An example will be the Kainantu to Obura Wanenara road and the Banz to Jimmy road.

5) In Health, concentrate on health infrastructure requirements and ensure that Provincial Health Authorities are well capacitated and can deliver frontline service delivery.

6) To focus on long term concessional funding for District Town Water Supply Projects. We have 89 District Headquarters in the country and want each District Towns to have a safe and functional water and sanitation system under a country-wide program.

The Minister thanked the World Bank for its continued support to Papua New Guinea and how it is working closely with the Government of PNG in ensuring that we deliver a strong portfolio to PNG in the key areas outlined.

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Israeli firm keen to deliver multi-million coffee project

The Innovative Agro Industry Limited and several partners will be involved in a multi-million Kina coffee project soon to be rolled out in Hela Province.

A team from IAI was recently in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province on Tuesday October 23 to meet with officials from the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) to discuss the imminent project.

The company backed by Israel’s LR Group was led by Chief Executive Officer Mr Lior Crystal and a high powered team of scientists, extensionists, agronomists and an economist.
They were welcomed by Chief Executive Officer of CIC Charles Dambui and met with the senior management team.

The group was able to visit a CIC’s Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP) Lead Partner Hataville Coffee Ltd at Asaro Valley implementing some coffee rehabilitation work in the area.

They also travelled to Ipagu Plantation to see first-hand a wet and dry coffee processing factory.

Mr Crystal said the company had already signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Exxon Mobil, Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) and the district and provincial governments of Hela to formalise plans for this massive coffee development project.

He said it will be a large scale project looking at planting 15 million coffee trees. He added that it was a timely visit to Goroka to meet with the CIC management to exchange and share ideas on the current status of the industry and how this project aims to address some of the issues.

This project is expected to create employment for 5,000 people in Hela. Also, the project anticipates to address coffee development and marketing issues starting in Hela and to roll out to other coffee growing provinces.

“We came into PNG in late 2011 realising mainly the potential in agriculture and we have started projects in Port Moresby (9 mile farm), poultry and vegetable projects in Hela and another vegetable project in Sirungki, Enga Province,” Mr Crystal said.

He said to date IAI has invested close to K80 million in PNG focusing on agricultural projects with focus on addressing logistical issues, one of the main constraints faced by farmers in rural PNG.

CIC Chief Executive Officer Charles Dambui said CIC is open to contribute technical advice primarily on market accessibility which is very important in the investment.

Mr Dambui outlined some of the challenges which include climate change, poor rural infrastructures, law and order problems, lack of credit facilities, socioeconomic and cultural implications among others.

Project Manager of CIC-PPAP Potaisa Hombunaka said the involvement of Israeli experts in the coffee industry will contribute meaningfully to the growth of an important sector in the medium to long term.

He added that it is envisaged that after 5 -6 years, they will produce and export minimum of 200,000 green bean bags annually. At an average price of K300 per bag this would bring in K60 million per year in foreign exchange


Israeli firm keen to deliver multi-million coffee project

Obura-Wonenara Dominates Coffee Competition

Obura-Wonenara Coffee Cooperative (Habina Resource Centre-PPAP) is the overall winner for the 2018 PNG Coffee Cupping Competition.
This was announced at the 2018 PNG coffee cupping competition closing ceremony on Friday September 14, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Port Moresby.
The ceremony was witnessed by government dignitaries, sponsors, farmers and industry stakeholders.
The weeklong coffee event commenced on September 10 and ended on the 14th last week.
Sixty seven coffee samples were assessed by five national judges and seven overseas Q-graders over a period of 4 days.
The judges carefully examined the coffee samples, taking into account various aspects of taste and quality based on the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAE) cupping protocol to give a score out of 100 points.
For this year’s top 10 awards, Habina Resource Centre-PPAP scored the highest with 85.45 points followed by Kamora of Obura Wonenara, Eastern Highlands (85.41 points), Untoa Kosa of Obura Wonenara, Eastern Highlands (85.32 points), Pandai of Enga (85.27 points), Tibunofi of Kainantu, Eastern Highlands (85.23), Obura Wonenara Coffee Cooperative Society (Bara Buna Resource Centre-PPAP) with 85.16 points, Besser block holder of Obura Wonenara, Eastern Highlands (85.01 points), Rikarika of Henganofi, Eastern Highlands with 84.93, Roots # 1 (Monpi) of Okapa, Eastern Highlands with 84.91, and Timil (Kosem PPAP Minz) of Jiwaka with 84.73 points.
Other 10 coffee groups who scored within the range of 84 and 83 points were also recognized in this year’s awards.
The three category awards given were the Golden Cup Award, Consistent Cup Award, and Aroma Cup Award.
Groups that scored within the 85 range received the Golden Cup Award, followed by groups within the 84 range given the Consistent Cup Award and Aroma Cup Award was awarded to groups that scored within the 83 range.
CIC chief executive officer Charles Dambui said the Golden Cup awardees will each receive K20,000, while the Consistent Cup Awardees will each receive K15, 000 and Aroma Cup Awardees will each receive K5,000 each, all tied to quality improvement projects.


Obura-Wonenara dominate coffee comp

Local coffee experts join contest

FIVE Papua New Guineans will join seven international Q-graders for the 2018 PNG Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd National Coffee Cupping Competition to be held in Port Moresby from Sept 10-14, 2018.
Among the local coffee cuppers will be Enos Dum, 29, of Osifagu Village in the Unggai Bena District of Eastern Highlands. Young Enos took part in two national coffee tasting contests in 2015 and 2016 respectively as a cupper, but next week will be his first to grade coffee in cup and taste alongside international certified experts as a Q-grader.
Enos and Stilla Frisu are CIC employees with rare Q-grader status in the country. According to Coffee Quality Institute USA only 4,000 people in the world can say they are a licensed coffee Q-graders.
To take part as a certified Q-grader in a national cupping challenge is a milestone achievement for this Eastern Highlander who only recently joined an exclusive list of four local Q-graders in the country.
Q-grader is a profession associated with specialty coffee industry. They objectively examine coffees and score them based on their many attributes and overall quality. It is the only certification in the industry that is based on quality.
The system quantifies taste attributes in a coffee cup such as acidity, body, flavour, aftertaste, uniformity, balance, sweetness etc. to ensure all participants are identifying flavour characteristics in the same way.
“It is a profession in the coffee world not many people are familiar with. Personally I’m proud to be a member of this exclusive club in the country to join internationally recognised Q-graders next week in Port Moresby for the 2018 National Coffee Cupping Competition.”
“I think the participation of experienced local cuppers is a bonus to the coffee industry in PNG and I’m thankful to God,” says a humble and quiet Enos who works as a food technology officer for CIC at the Lae export office.
To become a Q-grader is not that simple. One has to sit for a week-long Q-exam created and maintained by the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) USA. The exam has 22 tests, and to pass, you must pass them all. As long as you attend (and pass) regular calibration sessions with other Q-graders, you are a grader for life.
Enos was in a class of 12 participants who sat for a hectic six-day examination on coffee cupping covering general knowledge, sensory skills, organic acids, green grading, roast identification, olfactory matching and blind testing, cupping skills and triangulation.
He was among only four who passed the arduous and stringent examinations. The other certified graders were Stilla Frisu and Marty- Linda Hasu (has left CIC) and Mark Munnul of Kosem Coffee Ltd in Jiwaka.
This first-ever in country training recognised by CQI USA was held at CIC’s research and extension facility at Aiyura Valley in May 2017. It was conducted by a certified instructor from Indonesia Adi Taroepratjeka who is a R-Grader Robusta, Q-Grader Arabica and Q Instructor.
Lovelynn Pewi Kunoko of Niugini Coffee/NGIP Agmark was the first in the country to be certified in a four-day training in the Philippines in 2016.
Next week Enos Dum and colleague Q-grader Stilla Frisu with local experienced cupper Rose Romalus also of CIC with Mark Munnul of Kosem Coffee and John Sathya of WR Carpenters will join hands with seven international Q-graders. They will judge 67 coffees that have made it through from 110 entries at the 2018 Regional Cupping Competition held at the National Sports Institute in Goroka in August.
The NCCC will be held at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Port Moresby coinciding with an Apec meeting.
Prior to joining CIC Enos had work experience with BNG Trading and Goodman Fielders International in Port Moresby as a food technologist.
As a certified Q-grader, Enos would like to see the coffee industry in the country affiliate with CQI or Coffee Quality Institute USA to train and graduate more local Q-graders in the coffee industry to market our coffees based on cup quality as per the revised green bean grading system.
“We must have a CQI system to assess our own coffees for smallholder growers to fetch the best price for their coffee.”
He adds: ““Being a Q-grader working at the CIC Lae office which is the export point of PNG coffees to the overseas adds value to the CIC Ltd. There is a guarantee that someone who is a qualified cupper is there to check and ensure all coffees meet PNG green bean coffee standard”.
“The exporters should now know that they will not run away from CIC from being non-compliance with coffee quality and grade as far as Export & Quality Control Section in Lae is concerned.”
Enos acknowledged the project management unit of Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP) (coffee component) and the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access programme (Phama) for financing the first Q-graders training which he and three others successfully passed to join the exclusive list of local Q-graders in the country.
CIC’s senior coffee quality officer Rose Romalus says Enos has progressed well starting as an observer in the first 2014 National Coffee Cupping Competition.
“His job here at the Lae office is demanding. He checks coffee exports with various grading labels to ensure they match our quality export criteria based on the revised green bean standards.”
Enos is grateful to family and friends and colleagues at CIC who have guided him along the way. His advice to other young men and women is to be content in life.
“Just be content with yourself, what you do and blessings will come at their own timing.”
Next week’s national coffee cupping contest will attract international coffee judges from Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. The competition is held in partnership with Phama, an Australian government initiative, co-funded by the New Zealand government to help Pacific island countries better manage and utilise opportunities to export primary products including fish and forestry products.
Australia and New Zealand are markets of major importance, along with export markets beyond the Pacific.
CIC chief executive officer Charles Dambui also acknowledges the support from Government of PNG, Bolaven Farms Hong Kong, GrainPro Philippines, Liberty Coffee Singapore, New Guinea Highlands Coffee Export, Investment Promotion Authority, Proceso Puro, Bendig and Express Freight Management.
Dambui adds the competition aims to identify and profile good quality coffees from progressive cooperative groups in major coffee growing provinces and expose the intrinsic value of coffee grown and produced in PNG to the outside world.
“One factor in favour of PNG is the exotic naturally grown characteristics of PNG coffee. Coffee produced under natural conditions and its inherent organic flavour places PNG in the top bracket of gourmet coffee market.
“PNG has a huge potential to cultivate niche market using these coffee qualities or attributes and generate higher income.”
“Our inherent problems is consistency. Farmers participating must be ready to supply consistent volume and quality as demanded by the market,” says Dambui.


Local coffee experts join contest

67 Samples Set for Coffee Cupping Competion

Sixty-Seven Arabica coffee samples will be assessed for their quality in cup and taste at the 2018 PNG Coffee Industry Corporation’s National Coffee Cupping Competition to be held in Port Moresby next week.
The tasting or cupping is a closed-door event at the Holiday Inn Hotel on September 10-14, 2018.
Seven international coffee judges are arriving this week to partner with five experienced local cuppers including two certified Q-graders to select top 10 coffees from the 67 samples provided by grower groups from far and wide of PNG.
The samples passed the recent Regional Coffee Cupping contest with a score of 82 and above. The regional contest was held at the National Sports Institute in Goroka last month.
“Initially we anticipated top 60 coffees with a score of 80 and above to proceed to the national challenge.
“Interestingly the results actually shows the increase in the quality of coffees produced by our smallholder growers,” said CIC’s senior quality control officer Rose Romalus.
The quality in coffees is objectively examined and a score is given based on their many attributes such as acidity, body, flavour, aftertaste, uniformity, balance, sweetness etc. to ensure all participants are identifying flavour characteristics in the same way. Q Cupping is the only certification in the industry that is based on quality.
Ms Romalus added that 110 coffees entered the regional competition and with two rejects from physical inspection they tasted 108 samples.
“After round one of all the tasting we have to repeat again to confirm the final 67 samples for the national contest.”
“This is a remarkable achievement in terms of quality coffee compared to previous years.”
Eastern Highlands Province has once again dominated this year’s entrees with 29 groups making it to the national event, followed by Morobe with 20 groups, Jiwaka-11, Enga- 3, Madang-1, Central -1, Western Highlands -1, and Simbu -1
The Chief Executive Officer of CIC Charles Dambui acknowledges the high level of interest shown by all 110 smallholder grower groups who took part in this year’s regional competition.


67 samples set for coffee cupping comp

CIC’s regional coffee cupping comp attracts new growers

THE Coffee Industry Corporation’s (CIC) Cupping Competition which commenced last Friday has attracted high interest among new grower groups across the country.
This year’s regional contest was held in Goroka, attracting 110 grower groups from 10 provinces.
Eastern Highlands being the hub of coffee industry has 37 groups followed by Morobe with 28 and Jiwaka with 17.
The six-day regional contest is expected to end today and has attracted many first time participants from provinces like Eastern Highlands, Simbu, Morobe, Madang, Milne Bay, East New Britain, Gulf and Central.
Inclusive of these participants are 25 grower groups taking part in coffee rehabilitation under CIC’s Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP).
Many of these farmer groups are first time participants.
The chief executive officer of CIC Charles Dambui acknowledged the participation of all smallholder grower groups who demonstrated an interest in quality coffee production.
“The objective of this event is to encourage production of quality coffee at the growers’ level in line with the coffee industry’s Tree-To-
Cup policy.
“I am pleased to see many grower groups from far and wide, like Tapini in remote Goilala, to take part for the first time,” Dambui said.
He said the demand for quality coffee was gaining momentum and local farmers were slowly tapping into specialty markets for a higher price compared to the conventional markets.
Senior quality control officer Rose Romalus said CIC’s cupping committee made the decision for Arabica coffee only to take part in this year’s competition. East Sepik topped the Robusta coffee criteria in the 2016 national contest.
Romalus said this year’s regional challenge had good representation from high and low altitude areas of the country.
One of CIC’s Q-graders, Stilla Frisu, said they had rejected a few coffee samples based on physical inspection of their quality.
Frisu and Enos Dum of CIC are two of four internationally recognised Q-graders, a profession associated with the specialty coffee industry. They examine coffee and score based on attributes and overall quality. The system quantifies taste attributes in a coffee cup such as;

  •  Acidity
  •  Body
  •  Flavour
  •  Qftertaste
  •  Uniformity
  •  Balance
  • Sweetness

To ensure all participants are identifying flavour characteristics in the same way.
CIC’s general manager (Industry Operations) Steven Tumae said only 60 high quality coffee samples would proceed to the 2018 National Coffee Cupping Competition to be held in Port Moresby on Sept 8-14, coinciding with the Apec meeting.
“We are using the Specialty Coffee Association American protocols or standards for roasting, preparation and cupping,” he said.
The national contest will attract international coffee judges from Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Australia.
This year’s regional and national competition is held in partnershipwith Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Programme, an Australian Government initiative, co-funded by the New Zealand Government to help Pacific island countries better manage and utilise opportunities to export primary products including fish and
forestry products.
The CEO also acknowledges the support from Bolaven Farms Hong Kong, GrainPro Philippines, Liberty Coffee Singapore, New Guinea Highlands Coffee Export, Investment Promotion Authority and Express Freight Management towards staging of the national competition in Port Moresby.
The Coffee Cupping Competition started in 2014 through a directive by the PNG Government through the ‘Tree-to-Cup Policy’ to enable farmers to go into SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises).
The competition aims to identify and profile good quality coffee from progressive cooperative groups in major coffee growing provinces and expose PNG coffee to the world.


CIC’s regional coffee cupping comp attracts new growers

CIC conducts first green bean standard training for stakeholders

The Coffee Industry Corporation has recently conducted its first Green Bean Coffee Standard Stakeholder Participatory workshop in Lae which attracted many industry participants like exporters and processors.

The workshop was held at the Lae International Hotel on July 30 to August 2, 2018.

Senior Quality Control Officer for CIC Rose Romalus facilitated the meeting attended by 26 coffee experts in Morobe Province. They represented mainly exporters, processors and organized groups involve in third party exports.

Ms Romalus said purpose of the workshop was to get industry stakeholders and standard users understand and appreciate the changes in the revised green bean standard. Gaps were also identified for further specific trainings.

The revised grading system was prepared in 2015 in response to a need to standardize and upgrade the quality of coffee for export.

Other areas covered in the four-day training were cherry and parchment standards, quality control processes, and regulatory and policy guidelines.

Practical sessions were also conducted on coffee defect analysis and cupping.

An interesting area on documentations and Customs ASYCUDA computerised management systems were presented by Marie Kiliawi CIC’s Senior Export Officer. The customs system covers foreign trade procedures including handling of manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, transit and suspense procedures.

The exporters and freight forwarders were given the opportunity in this session to discuss delay issues and challenges that the ASYCUDA World has brought about.

The Industry Regulation Compliance Manager Sam Menanga also presented the new revised regulatory policy guidelines and covered areas on cherry and parchment coffee standards.

The presentation on the revised green bean standard allowed participants to ask questions and ensured that they understood the new grades and their specifications.   The changes on bag markings and additional use of single jute bags as well as special packing for specialty micro-lots were also discussed.

The Importance of meeting ICO (International Coffee Organization) quality requirements in terms of allowable defects in shipments was presented as well. The CIC export office reports to ICO for PNG as a coffee producer.

Many participants expressed satisfaction saying the revised standard is much easier to understand. Those who represented grower cooperatives wanted to see organized cooperative groups, mill supervisors and exporters to meet in one workshop.

They said this will ensure the same information is shared by everyone along the supply chain thus each one plays his or her part to produce and deliver quality products to the mills and to the exporters.

The facilitators recommended that future cupping training is conducted with organized groups for farmers to appreciate the quality of their coffee at farm level.

Also, similar future training should include two employees per mill say a supervisor and leading hand for good preparation of coffee at the mill according to standards for exporters.

The chief executive officer of CIC Charles Dambui explained the revised green bean standard safeguards the PNG coffee industry by setting perimeters for control on quality of green coffee exported out of the country.

“It outlines all aspects or specifications of trade grades, coffee preparation; packing for export, labelling, sampling, olfactory and visual examination and determination of defects, sensory and size analysis for stakeholders (exporters) to comply with.”

Mr Dambui added that the standards removes the many criteria for grading coffee which discriminates some 80 percent of between 3 million and 4 million smallholder growers who produces some of the best coffee as blocks and plantations yet graded at low Y grade.

The grading system was proposed by CIC and prepared by Biological Standards Committee of NISIT following an extensive consultation in 2015 by CIC as the regulation agency with industry stakeholders both in the country and overseas.

The CEO said CIC will continue to run similar workshops in other major coffee growing provinces.

Mr Dambui also acknowledged CIC’s coffee component of Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP) to fund the workshop and similar trainings that will follow.

The CIC-PPAP is an industry rehabilitation project. It is a PNG Government (Department of Agriculture and Livestock) initiative supported by World Bank and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) through loan financing. It is implemented by CIC through a project management unit known as PPAP-Coffee Component.

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