PM Commends Coffee Pioneers
Pioneer entrepreneurs were recognised at the official launching of the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) Business Plan last week in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province.
They have been urged by Prime Minister James Marape to set high standards for others in the industry.
“It is vital to sustain your family and also contribute to the growing economy of our country,” he said.
“You, as a citizen, have the power to do the work, depending on the government to do your work will not help you develop your land,” he said.
“We are happy for CIC to recognise the pioneers in the coffee industry in the province because they remain huge milestone examples.”
He acknowledged stakeholders like, MAF and other NGO involvement in the coffee industry who had contributed in building the country’s economy.
“Whether as the Prime Minister or an ordinary public adviser to governments into the future, I will try to do my absolute best to ensure that Goroka remains one of the core sectors in the country because ‘Goroka mipela planti lain kisim susu long em pinis na bai mipela kisim susu long em yet’ (many of us get a lot of support from Goroka and we will continue to do that).
“Our government must make its citizens become wealthy, self-sufficient and economically independent. Every leader must have a dream for his people and mine is to make PNG the richest black nation and I don’t regret having that dream for my people,” he said.
“Coffee and the story of coffee is why the launching of CIC Business Plan has eventuated and I applaud CIC for a tremendous job.”
Mr Marape stressed on the importance of food industry as a gateway to generating economy for PNG and presented statistics of global consumption of coffee worldwide.
“In America coffee is being sold for $2 to $3, over 400 million cups of coffee consumed per day in the United States of America having being the biggest coffee market, worth about four billion dollars every year.
“On a worldwide scale, coffee is being consumed at 150 million coffee bags which is equivalent to over 10 million tons of coffee being consumed on a global scale.
“Not many countries are producing coffee, only those countries along the equatorial zone are able to grow and produce coffee.
Coffee consumers are not in PNG alone but all over the world, we are talking about big billion dollar global food consumption,” he said.
He commended the Minister and Vice Minister for Agriculture and Livestock for the 10-year blueprint for the country to venture into.