15 Apr 2005

PNG coffee growers to benefit after federation granted exporter status

10:24 am on 15 April 2005

Grassroots coffee growers in Papua New Guinea are set to benefit from the PNG Growers Federation being granted certification as a registered "Coffee Exporter".

The certification, which marks the direct entrance of the PNG co-operatives into the global coffee market, was granted by PNG's Coffee Industry Corporation earlier this month.

The CIC's General Manager for Industry Operations, Navi Anis, says individual growers contribute around 80 percent of exportable coffee in PNG.

He says the Coffee industry in PNG has recently changed to focus more on facilitating and promoting grower groups, which make up the Federation.

Mr Anis says growers will now be able to deal more directly with the federation's international marketing arm Coffee Pacifica.

He says this means the middle man in the PNG marketing chain has effectively been cut out.

"What the growers will do is pull their coffee together, they have it processed under the federation, and the federation picks up the coffee and exports it direct and markets it through Coffee Pacifica. The intent is to make sure the growers benefit as much as possible."