Abau District in Central Province is the 14th district to embrace the Coffee Industry Corporation’s District Coffee Development Program.
Today, Member for Abau and Public Service Minister Dr Puka Temu signed a 5 year agreement with CIC for the implementation of the program.
Under this partnership, CIC will provide support through technical expertise, training, factories and extensive support to coffee growers in the district.
Under the district’s economic grant, the Member has committed K250, 000 towards the program.
The Member called on CIC to consider granting export licenses to the growers for greater participation and benefit.
Minister Temu said this program will address the issue of middle-man benefiting from the growers’ hard work.
In its’ response, CIC representative Dr Mark Kenney, General Manager for Research and Grower Services, told the Member that he will bring his request to the CEO for consideration.
Thirteen districts have been granted export licenses and Abau will be the next one to be granted a license.
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