A newly established coffee cooperative group in the Eastern Highlands province received timely assistance from Governor Julie Soso during its launching and members’ graduation recently.
Governor Soso committed K100, 000 to the Gahuku Coffee Farmers Cooperative Society, which is based in the Gahuku/Gehamo area of Goroka District, and urged them to become a model cooperative group in Goroka and the province by being transparent and accountable and provide sound management.
The group was incorporated with the Cooperative Office of the Department of Commerce and Industry in 2011 and has over 100 local members. Their objective is to maximize quality coffee production and seek lucrative markets for the benefit of their members and community.
Governor Soso said in order to achieve that, the group members must be committed and cooperate in advancing the affairs of the group to serve its members rather than involving in acts that would fragment the group.
During the occasion, 40 coffee farmers graduated in coffee management and book keeping from a training by the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) after the completion of the groups Participatory Rural Appraisal Program (PRAP).
Other dignitaries who also attended the occasion and pledged their support to the group were Goroka MP, Bire Kimisopa; CIC’s Research and Grower Services General Manager, Dr Mark Kenny; Managing Director of Coffee Connections, Henry Ame; Project Manager of the World Bank Funded Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project, David Frayne; representatives from Bank South Pacific, CIC and the locals.