Caption: BSP Goroka manager Livikonimo Koki presenting financial literacy certificate to female coffee grower Atuya Kata. Looking on are other growers who were part of 231 growers in the beautiful Gotomi Valley who attended the trainings and open a personal account to save their coffee earnings.
THE manager of coffee rehabilitation project has urged all provincial government and district development authorities to forge partnership with public and private sector offices including NGOs and church groups to deliver real changes in rural communities.
“We have developed the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP coffee) model by working with coffee processors and exporters, private sector firms, NGOs and church groups.
“We have invested a lot of money to build the capacity of extension and field officers of our lead partners with many trainings. Use them to deliver services to our rural people.
“Do not create a new vehicle that I guarantee you, will not work,” said PPAP coffee project manager Potaisa Hombunaka.
The coffee manager was speaking during an official opening of some coffee rehabilitation initiatives by CDA Goroka at Gotomi Valley, located in the Lufa District of Eastern Highlands Province, on Friday 18 October.
Mr Hombunaka was responding to a request by CEO of Lufa District Development Authority who admire the PPAP model to implement or roll out some community projects in the district.
Mr Hombunaka added that self-interest has hindered our progress and the World Bank and IFAD or International Fund for Agricultural Development came with this model to demonstrate that there is a better way to service our rural people.
This phase of coffee improvement work will end Dec 31, 2019. Mr Hombunaka therefore called on Coffee Industry Corporation as the custodian of the PPAP to continue with the modality to service better coffee growers.
The president of Yagaria LLG Mr Nama Aseda was also invited to the gathering. He praised all partners for being genuine in the successful delivery of coffee rehabilitation in Gotomi.
“Honesty brings accountability and transparency and I praise all partners namely World Bank and IFAD, CIC, PPAP Coffee, CDA Goroka, BSP Goroka and the growers for being honest and genuine to deliver some real changes in this community,” he said.
Mr Aseda also revealed that Governor Peter Numu has committed K15,000 to Gotomi Coffee Corporative.
Close to 1500 people gathered to witness the opening of a permanent coffee storage house, honey bee project, coffee nursery, solar drier, a central drying bed for parchment coffee and distribution of tools and materials for growers to improve their gardens.
CDA Goroka is an NGO group operating as lead partner of Coffee Industry Corporation’s Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project (CIC-PPAP). The coffee rehabilitation project is financed by World Bank and IFAD under a loan arrangement with PNG Government.
The NGO group is working with eight cluster groups which includes 231 registered growers under Gotomi Coffee Cooperative.
Three weeks ago, the growers under their cooperative sold high quality green bean coffee to a local exporter in Goroka for K25,000. The growers earned K7.10 per kilogram green bean. This is higher than current FOB price for coffee export. They have used the trainings and facilities provided for to produce very Speciality Coffee. With further marketing facilities established by CIC farmers producing such quality coffee should receive higher prices than conventional marketing system.
CDA Goroka also forged partnership with BSP Goroka to conduct financial literacy trainings and opening of personal accounts by growers and others in the valley.
Branch manager Mr Livikonimo Koki made an undertaking to bring rural banking services to the valley. He said the people of Gotomi are the most peaceful in the province.
Lead Partner George Nomino of CDA Goroka urged the growers to work as a group through the cooperative.
“We do not control world market prices so we must focus on producing quality coffee and as a group we can bargain for a higher price as against individual sales.”
“We must increase volume as well so I call on the leadership to invite other growers to join the cooperative,” said Mr Nomino.
Gotomi has a population of close to 5000 people from seven tribes.
Samson Jack of CIC who has 24 years’ experience in coffee extension urged cooperative members to support the leadership without gossips or back chatting which has contributed to the demise of some grower groups in the industry.