by Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
A growing coffee cooperative in the Morobe Province is set to increase its production with the arrival of a coffee pulping machine.
Neknasi coffee cooperative has become a model for other organisations like it around the country.
It is owned by more than 200 farmers from the Nawaeb District and has a coffee export license.
The new machine is expected to increase the production of coffee at Morobe’s Nawaeb district and set a leading example for the province.
Chairman of Neknasi Coffee Corporative Society, Moung Bungun, has predicted a promising future for the people of Nawaeb in coffee production.
“It is a machine that will greatly assist us, previously hand manual pulping machines, the new machine will help minimise some of the processes,” the Neknasi Chairman said.
Neknasi Coffee Corporative Society is one of the leading coffee producers in the province.
Over a year ago it was granted an export license giving farmers direct access to international markets.
It began as a move to help local farmers pay for their children’s school fees.
Today, Neknasi’s total worth in cash amounts to about K2 million.
For a small coffee cooperative, such an amount is sizeable.