The newly created Jiwaka Province has the potential to produce more than 20% of PNG coffee and generate over K36 million per annum with its ideal climatic condition and fertile soil structure suitable for coffee production.
Chief Executive Officer of the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) Ltd Mr Navi Anis revealed this in line with provisional coffee production figures for 2012 which saw the province rising to be the third largest coffee producing province in PNG.Mr Anis said in previous years coffee production in the Jiwaka area was registered under Western Highlands Province that used to produce on average 44% of total production per annum, however, with the creation of the new province, its production is now reported separately.
According to provisional figures on last year’s coffee production, Jiwaka accounted for 13% of the total national coffee production, making it another major coffee producing province. Other major coffee producing provinces are Eastern Highlands, Western Highlands, Morobe andSimbu. These provinces produce over 90% of the total production.
Mr Anis said Jiwaka province will be the third largest supplier of PNG coffee ahead of Morobe and Simbu provinces as evident in the provisional figures. Taking Jiwaka as a separate province means EHP is now a leading coffee producing region, supplying well over 31% of the total production, followed by WHP with 24%.
He said coffee production in the Jiwaka province is largely driven by many rehabilitated coffee blocks and plantations in Anglimp/South Waghi and parts of North Waghi including Jimi through strong determination of the Jiwaka coffee farmers and their provincial government to develop their province via coffee.
“Their determination to develop the newly province via increased coffee activities will result not only in higher financial returns but also improve social and economic livelihood of the people of Jiwaka and they could easily become the leading producer.
Mr Anis thanked the government, stakeholders and people of Jiwaka for promoting coffee as the top commodity in their province and urged them to work with CIC to mobilize farmer groups and seek rewarding markets.