15 Jun 2012

New head of PNG Coffee Industry wants to improve image of sector

10:39 am on 15 June 2012

The newly-elected chairperson of the Papua New Guinea Coffee Industry Corporation, Patrick Komba, is urging all coffee stakeholders to work together to improve the production and image of the local coffee industry.

The National reports Patrick Komba was elected recently by the CIC board of directors after the three-year term of former chairman James Kora-rome expired last January.

Mr Komba says the PNG coffee industry has declined and become stagnant in the past 20 years and he likened himself to the captain of a sinking ship.

However, he says this could be improved if all stakeholders work together to improve it and the challenges require collective efforts from every stakeholder to manage.

Mr Komba says although PNG is largely an agricultural-dominated society the government is not supporting the sector.