Freight subsidy for coffee urged


THE Government must come up with measures to subsidise freight costs for remote communities that depended only on air services, a coffee buyer from Marawaka, Eastern Highlands, says.
Ryan Wemin said people in remote districts like Marawaka, Telefomin in West Sepik and and Karamui, in Chimbu, were severely affected by the high air freight costs.
“People in authorities must try to look at the realities of the situation our people are faced with and try to be realistic to help them,” Wemin told The National from Marawaka.
“Senior bureaucrats must be able to come up with policies to subsidise freight costs so that we can be able to put money into the pockets of the less-fortunate ones.”
He added that people in remote communities did not have many opportunities to improve their livelihood and generate enough income
“Therefore, whatever little opportunities available to them, Government must do its best to maximise these,” Wemin said.
“I have been buying coffee in Marawaka but the problem I see is that Government needs to really subsidise the freight costs.
“When the price of coffee stands at K4/kg Goroka, I tried to buy at K2/kg in Marawaka because I want to be fair as much as possible to put money into the pockets of these unfortunate ones.”

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