Two electorates in the country are the first to receive direct export licenses for coffee growers in their district, from the Department of Agriculture and Livestock.
Agriculture Minister, Tommy Tomscoll presented the certification to Kabum MP, Bob Dadae, and Usino Bundi MP Anthon Yagama today in Port Moresby.
This innovative initiative connects coffee growers directly to the international market. The issuing of the license to local growers’ to export, further values the crop to take its stand among cocoa, coconut and other commodities.
Agriculture Minister, Tommy Tomscoll said the initiative comes under the District Investment Development Program which will be effected in 6 districts to begin with.
Minister Tomscoll elaborated that coffee growing district will be issued a license each while 14 licenses has been set aside specifically for women to be involved in the industry. This will see the coffee board working closely with District officers through managerial, technical and farmer training services.
Usino Bundi MP, Anthon Yagama and Kabum MP, Bob Dadae were glad of the initiative as farmers in their electorates will benefit greatly. This initiative will cut off the middle service providers in the chain of exporting and give more prominence for local farmers to reap 100% value.
The program will roll out for the next 4 years under the supervision of the Coffee Cocoa Board of PNG.
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