Coffee is grown in some of the remotest parts of PNG and most Papua New Guineans will have heard stories of farmers walking days to get to the nearest airstrip or road link to get their produce to the main townships.
Anan Coffee Cooperative is one such example of coffee farmers in Middle Ramu District of Madang Province who have no other way but to walk with bags of harvested coffee to the nearest airstrip.
Thanks to the Government’s Coffee Price Support program, now Anan Coffee Cooperative along with 16 other coffee groups each have received this support assistance of 50 thousand kina.
The assistance will enable Anan Coffee Cooperative to purchase parchment coffee and airfreight coffee bags from Simbai or Dusin Airstrip to the market. Acting Chief Executive Officer Charles Dambui said the K10m received was further divided with K8m for price incentive and K2m for intervention support.
Under price incentive, selected licensed operators were given the funding to purchase class one parchment coffee and class one standard cherry only at their factory doors. The intention is to elevate the quality of PNG coffee and the message of quality trickles back to the coffee farmers.
For the intervention support, selected coffee cooperative groups were given funds to set up wet mills, nurseries, purchase coffee especially for remote areas and support with tools and materials to enhance coffee production.
Anan cooperative chairman Jerry Amagen said people in the remote areas continued to suffer and neglected their coffee gardens as they saw no way of bringing their coffee out. When there are no flights into their area, they had no choice but to leave the bags to rot, burn them or sell for less to local buyers as they needed the money for basic needs.
He acknowledged the support of the government through CIC’s freight program and the intervention support, that will assist them purchase farmers’ coffee and airfreight them to the markets.
Feature Pic: Anan coffee cooperative chairman Jerry Amagen (second from left) receiving a cheque of K50,000 under the intervention support from CIC Acting Special Project Officer Steven Tevo.