Farmers urged to work with authorities

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COFFEE farmers affected by the coffee berry borer have been urged to work with authorities in addressing the issue.
Agriculture and Livestock minister Tommy Tomscoll said farmers must take ownership of the issue.
According to a National Gazette, the six provinces are Jiwaka, Western Highlands, Chimbu, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands and Enga.
“The farmers must take ownership of the issue, abide by lawful directives from competent government agents,” he said.
“Currently, the National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority and Coffee Industry Corporation are implementing a delimiting survey in the Eastern Highlands and Jiwaka. This survey will help us understand how wide is the spread of this pest.”
Tomscoll assured coffee markets that the Government authorities were containing the pest.
“From the measures available under the laws vested in myself, I have invoked certain provisions of the Coffee Industry Corporation Act and the National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Act.
“Under powers vested in me which I have invoked, the trade and movement of coffee beans are subject to inspection and cannot be transport into areas outside restriction without certification.

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