Coffee borer outbreak bad for businesses


THE outbreak of the coffee berry borer is a threat to businesses and the livelihoods of people in the highlands, a coffee company representative says.
Superior Enterprise Limited general manager Romias Waki told The National that much of the cultural, social, and economic activities in the Highlands communities revolved around coffee.
“The potential destruction that can be caused by this disease, if not contained will be very disastrous for the farmers,” Waki said.
“And the ramifications will extend down the entire coffee supply chain from the farmers to coffee buyers, to processors, trucking companies, exporters and manufacturers like ourselves.
“Our operations is entirely dependent on this industry so this can potentially put us out of business.”
The company has about 301.2 hectares of coffee grown in the Eastern Highlands.
“Imagine the destruction the disease can cause to our supplies. In a worst case scenario, we may have no coffee at all to roast and supply to our customers.”
He said as a coffee company, they would comply with measures imposed by Coffee Industry Corporation.
“We can do our part by complying with whatever instructions or advice issued to us by CIC. We may shift our focus to sourcing coffee from other coffee producing provinces like Morobe, Gulf, Central, Milne Bay and East New Britain to keep our operations going,” he said.

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