Morobe improves coffee production

By Augustine Dominic

Morobe has beaten Simbu province to become the third highest coffee producing province in the country, according to the 2011 coffee production figures compiled by the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC).

Two farmers from the successful Neknasi Coffee Cooperative Group with their coffee pulping machine

CIC Chief Executive Officer Navi Anis revealed that Morobe’s coffee production made a historical record of 91, 051 while Simbu fell short slightly at 71, 174 bags. Mr Anis however said that production figure for Simbu province may not reflect its true status, as coffee from Simbu are usually brought down to be sold in Goroka and therefore could be recorded under production figures for the Eastern Highlands Province (EHP).

EHP led production with 695, 312 bags while Western Highlands with 543, 893 bags. The figures are usually collected and compiled by CIC through copies of sales dockets provided by coffee companies operating in each province.

An elated Morobe-based CIC’s Provincial Farmer Training & Extension Coordinator, Simon Gesip, expressed great delight of the news and praised the efforts of networking partners in the province including the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, Bris Kanda, Mainland Holdings’ Coffee Division, Morobe Provincial Government’s Support Services Contract Facility, all district-based Divisions of Agriculture and Livestock officers and coffee farmers for their dedication and hard work. He said the achievement was through committed partnerships among these organisations. Another factor for the high production was the determination of humble Morobe farmers to sell their coffee in the high value international coffee markets, said Mr Gesip.

Two advanced groups are the Neknasi Coffee Growers Corporative Group from Nawaeb District and the YUS Conservation Coffee from the remote Kabwum District. They have connected with Fairtrade (Australia & New Zealand) and America-based coffee company, Caffe’ Vita respectively.

Other coffee farmer groups in Finschaffen, Wau/Bulolo, Menyamya and Tewae/Siassi are preparing to follow suit.

According to a resent socio-economic survey done by the National Research Institute (NRI), food crop is the leading agricultural produce in the province, followed by betel nut and coffee.

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3 Responses to Morobe improves coffee production

  1. David Rumba Rumba says:

    Morobe has always had higher production than Simbu for many years. The problem has always been accesibility to market. Thanks to those networking partners mentioned by Simon Gesip that more coffee is coming out of the rugged Morobe hinterland areas of Kabwum, Finschaffen, Garaina, Menyamya, Nawaeb, Upper Markham and Siassi Island in 2011. Looking at accessibility to market and the efficiency of converting production into cash provincewise, EHP, Simbu and WHP (including current Jiwaka) can be rated on the percentage scale of 90%, 90%, 80% respectively while for Morobe a poor 40%. 60% of the production is always lost through non accesibility to market and availability of competition. Morobe as a province on average has have more healthy coffee trees than the highlands provinces. The only thing is people can only havest what they can sell and leave the rest to the nature. Event then what is havested sometimes never get to the market and counted. CIC and Morobe Provincial Government should work together in a more proactive way to convert Morobe’s Coffee production into real cash. Morobe already has the coffee to even threaten EHP.

  2. ithai. eko says:

    coffee is the prime souce of income earning in most part of Morobe province, there to expand the market net work, Morobe Government should create a market network for the local coffee produce to export the coffee beans, in doing so this encourages coffee farmers produce high yard of production and also link transportation system to rural areas to enable local coffee producer to access market.

  3. whitam kokaiye says:

    I as one of the coffee farmers in the rural areas of Morobe coffee has been our economic mainstay. Income from coffee boosts our local trade for goods and services. Hence we need coffee to be given the number one priority by our government. Morobe is potentially a leader in coffee production if Coffee Rehabilitation, Training and proper farm management skills are carried out on basics and advanced techniques of cultivating coffee in every districts. Most coffee trees are very old and produces less beans and rust is a major disease kills most coffee trees…from Menyamya.

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