By Stanley Ove Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Six missing road links will be open to give better access to coffee farmers in remote areas of the Highlands Region.
This was announced recently by the Industry Coordination Committee overseeing the Productive Partnership in Agriculture Projects.
Chairman of the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) Ian Mopafi said bad road conditions has been the main obstacle for coffee production in remote areas and he welcomes the decision by Government to include these ‘coffee economic roads’ in their Third Medium Term Development Plan.
The six roads in the respective highlands provinces include;
- Tabigua to Koinambe Road in Jiwaka;
- the Keu to Elimbari Ring Road in Simbu;
- the Yulip to Maramb and Nenembus Road in Enga;
- the Maupini to Wala Road in Southern Highlands
- and the Lufa to Unavi Road in Eastern Highlands.
“These missing link roads once open will connect over 50, 000 coffee growers to coffee markets around the Highlands Region,” Mopafi highlighted.
The road project is expected to be completed by 2022.