The people of Menyamya used to be known for their organic coffee inthe Morobe Province.
Yha Huaka Coffee Company was Menyamya’s pioneer coffee exporting company duringthe Anga Development Authority days.
Menyamya station was once one ofthe biggest producers of organic coffee.
The brand is Yha hauka Coffee chaired by Meshach Abraham. The company had a partnership with Fair TradeInternational in 2009.
“Everyone in Menyamya rely on coffee, so this is howthe company begun,” he said.
He also said thatthe company faced problems thatthey had to stop andthey can’t support small growers.
The Government pledged to assistthe company with three million Kina to help withthe local company who has lost its export license after a recent audit by Fair Trade. Betthe farmers are still waiting.
They saythe K1.5 million owed tothem bythe management hasn’t reachedthem and coffee production has since stopped.
There are numerous allegations of mismanagement and corruption that have plaguedthe company. It is now a shadow of its former self.
The biggest losers have beenthe farmers of what was once a premier brand of organic coffee.
The community used revenue from coffee to buy cars and build a guest house, including necessitates that really improverdtheir lives.
They say duringthe days ofthe Anga Development Authority – an organization was established to build and maintain infrastructure, operations went well.
The sentiment is thatoasthe company grew, mismanagement crept in and services deteriorated.
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