Coffee production in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has been on a decline in the last 10 years as figures from a study has shown.
“From 1998 to 2018, the coffee harvest area and quantity of coffee produced in PNG decreased by 33 percent and 28 percent respectively,” a PNG National Research Institute (PNG NRI) report states.
The decline is a result of the challenges coffee growers face – such as having inadequate facilities for processing coffee, inadequate extension services and limited access to finance.
The challenges can, however, be addressed by the strategies proposed by PNG NRI Deputy Director for Research Prof. Euegene Ezebilo and Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta’s Prof. Carolyn Afolami by banking on the fact that “PNG has suitable environmental and climatic conditions for growing high quality coffee”.
In their report titled Strategies for improving coffee production and processing in PNG: Lessons from the top five coffee-producing countries, they conclude that ‘political will’ on the part of the government is crucial in taking the coffee industry to the next level.
And this can be done by: promoting effective extension services and training coffee growers on modern systems and innovations in producing coffee; provide funds for research and farm management practices; and not the least, support farmers through loans facility at low interest rates.
Policy makers, planners and agricultural managers are urged to take heed of the findings to make informed decisions on boosting the yield and quality of this commodity.
The Media Release can be accessed on the PNG NRI website https://www.pngnri.org.
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Authorised for release by:
Dr. Osborne Sanida
PNG NRI Acting Director