CIC officer in charge of Madang (PFTEC) Dickson Ive, Property Manager Harry Onnise and Admin Manager Jackson Pepeto, with excited local children from Omuru Village in front of the 200KV genset.
By EMTV Online, Port Moresby
The Coffee Industry Corporation is bringing some major changes to the Omuru Sub station, that will also benefit the local communities.
A 200 Koli-volt-ampere diesel generator, which provides 200-kilovolt electricity, was installed early this year for the purpose of the Robusta coffee research, which had undergone a major facelift exercise over the weekend.
The generator will benefit more than a thousand people living in the community of the Omuru sub-station of South Ambenob LLG in Madang District.
Phase 1 of the renovation is repair and maintenance work, also including a facelift to three staff houses.
Phase 2; is the construction of a high post-four-bedroom house, an office, and a storeroom.
The installation of the generator is to provide electricity to the station and also to the surrounding communities covering two square kilometers was the third phase.
CIC Admin Manager Jackson Pepeto, urged the local community to take ownership of the services for their benefit.
“This is an initiative of CIC. Please look after the facilities for your children to have extra quality time in the evening to study to do their homework under bright lights. “said Pepeto.
The station was established by the colonial administration in the 1960s where several agricultural researches have been conducted at this facility.
It was transferred from the Cocoa Coconut Institute to the CIC, following a National Government decision in 2014, for the coffee regulating agency to develop a research, development and resource centre that would boost the up-scaling of robusta coffee production in lowland areas.
Meanwhile, the CIC has appointed a local man who works as Omuru Station Research Supervisor to take charge of the research station facilities.
The Omuru station is located about 25 kilometres from Madang town.