Cooperatives can assist smallholder coffee growers boost coffee production
Coffee has been one of the most important agricultural commodities that contributes to Papua New Guinea (PNG) economy. It contributes to the livelihoods of almost three million people in the country. However, since the closure of several plantations in PNG, coffee production has continued to decline. Though coffee production in the country is currently driven much by smallholder coffee growers they face several challenges.
National Research Institute (NRI) Spotlight Volume 15, Issue 7: Cooperative is the way forward for smallholder coffee growers in Papua New Guinea by Research Intern Joecy Kabiu, highlights how coffee cooperatives can be used to address some challenges faced by smallholder coffee growers.
Ms. Kabiu reported that “through cooperatives, smallholder coffee growers can be assured of higher production, better-quality coffee, and better returns”
Coffee cooperatives in PNG also face challenges that hinder their growth, which resulted in the demise of some cooperatives. The challenges can be addressed using holistic approach that involves all key stakeholders in the coffee industry.
Government at all levels should consider doing more to encourage smallholder coffee growers to establish effective and efficient cooperatives to move coffee industry forward to the next level.
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Authorised for release by:
Dr. Osborne O. Sanida
Director, PNG NRI