22 Oct 2008

PNG's coffee industry calls on coffee growers to prune trees

11:10 am on 22 October 2008

Papua New Guinea's Coffee Industry Corporation is calling on coffee growers in the Highlands region to have their trees pruned free of charge.

The Corporation has received 1.5 million US dollars from the government for pruning old coffee trees as well as planting new ones to increase their output.

Its General Manager, Ellison Pidik, says the initiative will be open to all communities.

"In the next week, before November, in Eastern Highlands, we'll make the information available to all coffee growers, whoever wants to be involved, they can register themselves. This is open, not only for the existing growers, but also for those who think they can get new seedlings and plant them on new patches of land."

Ellison Pidik says Simbu province and the Western Highlands will come next.