Permits granted to new coffee traders

Five new groups of coffee growers have been granted permits to erect coffee factories after they met the requirements. The permits were granted by industry regulator, the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC). Chief Executive Officer Navi Anis revealed the CIC board’s decision in Goroka recently.

Mr Anis said the groups included the East New Britain Coffee Growers Corporative Association, the Enga-based Kompiam Co-operative Society Ltd, Eastern Highlands-based Logia Wago Coffee Management Services, Simbu’s Neretere Coffee Ltd and Rokel Wet Factory of Western Highlands.

Another notable achievement was by the Goroka-based Hanu Coffee Producers, which advanced from permit to erect a Dry coffee factory to be granted a dry processing license.

“License and permits were approved for these coffee companies after CIC coffee inspectors inspected their facilities, which included funding, land, coffee supply of at least 50 to 100 hectares and management expertise, which were considered appropriate in line with the CIC guidelines and recommendations were made to the CIC Board,” said Mr Anis.

He urged the coffee companies to comply with the license and permit agreements and advance to higher levels of the coffee business.

Meanwhile, a total of 121 licenses and permits for various coffee businesses were approved for the 2012 operations. They include six manufacturing companies, 17 exporters, 49 dry processors, 37 wet processers and seven permits.

Another 23 licenses were not approved due to non compliance issues, however Mr Anis said the concerned companies can re-apply in March 2012 once all compliance issues are rectified.

License and permits for the respective coffee companies were issued to them by CIC starting last week.

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