By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby
The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) and the Bulolo District have signed a coffee Memorandum of Understanding to kick start its program to revitalize the district’s coffee production.
The signing took place in Bulolo on Friday 21 November, 2014.
The new agreement came about after a CIC management team met with the district administration and the Bulolo MP and Deputy Opposition Leader, Sam Basil to discuss ways to improve coffee production and quality in the district.
The new partnership will enter on a kina to kina basis where the two parties will back each other to support the work of coffee in the district over a 3 year period.
Mr Basil said that as of next year, a funding of K333, 333.33 under the DSIP will be allocated through this new agreement to support the work of coffee in his electorate.
He further stated that through the district’s DSIP funds, a vehicle, an office, staff house for extension officers and a piece of land will also be committed to support the work of CIC.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC), Mr Anton Benjamin, called on the community to work together with CIC in ensuring coffee programs are implemented next year when they have the full presence of extension officers in the district.
The CIC will provide support through its programs such as the Freight Surety Program, Coffee Curriculum for schools and nursery rehabilitation programs