Coffee Roadmap Sets 3 Million Bags Target For 2030
The Coffee Industry Corporation is set to implement its coffee plans to increase coffee production to total export of 3,000,000 bags in the next 10 years.
CIC CEO Charles Dambui made this remark during the launching of the National Coffee Development Roadmap (NCDR) 2020-2030 and the CIC Strategic Business Plan (CIC-SBP) 2020-2024 in Goroka last Thursday.
He said support was needed from all key partners for the success of the plans to achieve the target to also increase income for farmers.
“The coffee industry has a very long history and the coffee industry has impacted many economic sectors during pre and post independence, as an economic powerhouse and has transformed many of our economic policies as well and like many cash crop industry is faced with many challenges to compete,” said Mr Dambui.
He said coffee was seen differently by young people today compared to what forefathers perceived about coffee and the revised plans hope to make it more investment friendly and attractive for young aspiring entrepreneurs.
“The coffee industry has been more or less stagnant, 1975 up the production was increasing by 3 per cent when the population was around 3 to 4 million, after 2005 up till now the production has been declining 2 per cent, yet our population has increased to 8m,” he said.
“So there is a question for us and we need to find a solution for us in that place, where is our productive population and what are they doing?”
He said coffee was grown in 17 provinces of the 22 provinces of the country and producing less the 900,000 bags to about 34 countries in the world.
“Given the statistics then, there is a demand for PNG coffee, there is a market for PNG coffee but how do we unlock those potentials better.
“So these revised plans will answer all these questions on why we have not increased production for the market opportunities that have presented itself for us.
“We would like to increase the income of people and farmers and that is our vision in this launching.
“So as a part of this 10 year plan we would like to revive the industry as an important sub sector of the PNG economy, we would like to see 3 million bags being exported in year 2030 and that is the target.”
He said as part of the plan six key objectives has been identified as problems that every coffee farmer come across and is captured in the plan with solutions to address one being price support scheme and freight costs.
Mr Dambui thanked the development partners involved in the planning World Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development or IFAD funded Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project – Coffee Component, which facilitated the crucial participatory regional forums and consultations to converge views on setting the platform and principles of crafting the long-term National Coffee Development Roadmap 2020 – 2030.
He also acknowledged the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, processors, exporters, and traders during the course of developing the plan including research agencies.