5 Jul 2006

PNG says fall in coffee export earnings due to poor quality

9:36 am on 5 July 2006

A Papua New Guinea businessman says the fall in export earnings this year is partly due to poor quality beans being exported overseas.

A Western Highlands businessman, James Kond, was speaking at the revitalisation of the abandoned Waghi Valley coffee factory near Banz.

The Post Courier reports that the over 1 million US dollar state-of-the-art factory was left idle by Angco Coffee after disagreements with landowners six years ago.

Mr Kond says quality control has been a major problem in the coffee industry.

He says earnings dropped from over a 167 million US dollars to over 83 million because of poor quality green beans.