PNG Joins China International Coffee Cocoa Alliance
Papua New Guinea has signed on with the China International Coffee Cocoa Alliance this week at the 2019 Beijing Horticulture Exposition in Yanqing, Beijing, China.
The signing will now see Papua New Guinea join around 30 other countries, for the next five years, and will benefit from marketing opportunities in China, the world’s second largest economy.
PNG signed on Friday last week at the expo’s Coffee Themed Pavilion through the Department of Commerce and Industry that is taking part at the exposition in the Chinese capital. Signing on behalf of the department in Beijing, Mary Chee, from the International Business Division outlined the challenges experienced in the country.
“Coffee is major cash crop in Papua New Guinea; we have coffee growers from all regions of the country, from the Highlands to the Coastal and the Islands. “A lot of our local coffee farmers are passionate above growing coffee and finding market for their products. Market Access for our coffee industry seems too narrow as seen by most local farmers.
“This is due to some factors; remote and poor road conditions for transporting the coffee beans to the market; price is very low; most farmers lack technology to process their coffee beans; and most farmers are prefer downstream processing. “Therefore for PNG to be part of this Alliance will be a tremendous opportunity for our local farmers to help them showcase their products and access market.
“By Partnering with the International Coffee and Cocoa Alliance, we believe we all can work together to assist our local farmers back in our own countries,” Ms Chee said.
Apart from the marketing opportunities members will also have access to training, seminars, and workshops with renowned experts. There will also be access to cutting-edge coffee and cocoa science, market research, sustainability reports, and white papers and funding for coffee and cocoa development projects.
China’s coffee consumption is growing at an annual rate of 15-20 per cent, and with a population of around 1.4 billion people and the dwindling trade relations with the US, PNG can take up more efforts to feed the demand sought after from the more commonly referred to tea dominated country. Coordinator of the Coffee Themed Pavilion and facilitator of the signing, Mr Marco Liu, has urged for more visibility of PNG coffee to China. “At this moment there is not a lot of PNG coffee in China.
I checked the internet and much of PNG coffee is exported to Germany, America, but in the future in China it is very important market in the future. “In the past in China we are country for tea, but now at this moment in China sociality is changed. We will promote PNG coffee for Chinese young generation, and at this moment we haven’t many PNG farmers coffee to work with in china, but in future I hope we can work together to promote PNG coffee,” he said.
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