By HELEN TARAWA
A RECENT agreement between the Coffee Industry Corporation and the Northern provincial agriculture and livestock division (DAL) gives hope to Northern coffee growers, an agricultural adviser says.
Provincial DAL adviser Davidson Jeune said the agreement was timely as the provincial agriculture and livestock strategic plan 2017-2016 was being developed. Jeune said the agreement would provide a framework to collectively address the marketing and production constraints and other issues faced by farmers.
The agreement was signed on Sept 10 in Port Moresby and witnessed by Oro Governor Gary Juffa.
Northern became the third coastal province in PNG besides East Sepik and Morobe to sign an agreement with Coffee Industry Corporation.
“The signing of MOA between the Oro government and Coffee Industry Corporation was crucial for both parties in terms of strengthening their partnership and commitment to grow the coffee industry in Northern in the next five years,” Jeune said.
“Northern produce quality coffee by smallholders using organic farming practices which attract premium coffee prices both in the domestic and international markets. There are no medium or large coffee plantations in Northern.”
Jeune said in the draft Northern Province Agriculture and Livestock Development Strategic Plan 2017 – 2037, one of the broad objectives and outcomes outlined was to build many downstream processing facilities for value-added agricultural products for tree and industrial cash crop sub sectors and coffee was considered priority in the first five years.
He said domestic manufacturing of coffee was the major objective for value-adding, viable and sustainable industry.
By HELEN TARAWA