‘Partnership drives PPAP: official

Picture caption: Members of 13th Implementation support Mission led by World Bank with PNG Government representatives, PPAP coffee officers, Wia Trade Ltd farmers officers and farmers after a meeting at Nazab in Morobe Province.

PARTNERSHIP is the key to drive development projects in the country, says Edward Kapi of Department of Planning & Monitoring.

Mr Kapi was addressing Nawaeb coffee farmers of Morobe Province and their lead partner in coffee rehabilitation Wia Trade Enterprising Limited during a visit to their factory set up site at Nazab on Oct 7.

The visit by PNG government officials includes representatives from Department of Agriculture & Livestock (DAL) and Treasury. They were part of the 13th World Bank-led implementation support mission (ISM) to check coffee and cocoa rehabilitation in the country.

Mr Kapi said the partnership provides not only through financial assistance but also technical expertise among all players including three tiers of government, among lead and co-partners, donor organizations and farmers.

“We have to blame ourselves for the failure of many projects, but things will work when we join hands and work together as a team,” he said.

“This is the magic of this project (Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project).”

He urged farmers to play their part to see the real fruit of this PPAP coffee and cocoa project which is aimed at improving the livelihood of 60,000 households.

Lead partner Dr Joel Waramboi said the PPAP modality is making some changes in the community.

“It’s only one year now with the project but we seeing some real changes. I can say this modality is working.”

Dr Waramboi shared an example of how the extension services is being revived under the project through extension officers and field assistants working for the lead partner and visiting farmers regularly.

Wia Trade Enterprise is servicing close to 813 households or a population of 3200 men, women and children under eight cluster groups in the remote mountains of Erap and Wain.

Good roads and market accessibility is one major dilemma for the farmers which also affects extension services.

Hence one major task of PPAP coffee and Wia Trade Ltd partnership is to establish a market for farmers in Morobe, including those not participating directly, by building a processing mill at Nazab.

Currently many farmers transport their parchment) coffee to Goroka to be proceessed to green bean.

Project Manager Potaisa Hombunaka said the project not only focuses on production aspects of agriculture but integrates into marketing.

“It is important that project must also assist such Lead Partner who already invested own monies to construct a factory by cost sharing of dry processing machineries,” he said.

“This is so that our farmers can sell their produce for a higher income compared to conventional marketing system.”

Task Team Leader of the 13th ISM Stephane Forman urged farmers to work together and make the most of the coffee development project.

“The purpose of this project is to help improve your wellbeing. We’re only financing it but you are the ones who have to take ownership of it to make it happen,” he said.

The mission is also visiting cocoa and coffee rehabilitation activities in other parts of Morobe, Madang, East Sepik and East New Britain provinces.

The coffee rehabilitation is a CIC project through the Department of Agriculture & Livestock.

It is financed buy a loan facility from World Bank, IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) with support funding from PNG government.

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