BY JANET KARI
The Hamtai Coffee Association in Kapao LLG in Menyamya, Morobe Province, is continuing to seek markets for its coffee for the maximum benefit of its 2112 coffee farmers.
With the aim to create proper management of coffee and finding good markets, the group is now focusing on international markets.
Association chairman Dan Anas said the group is working with a private consultancy company to assist them.
“The history of coffee industry has it that Menyamya started the coffee business before independence but our coffee struggle continues to this day,” Mr Anas said.
“And while the need for a coffee factory in the district remains, we must make sure that whatever we produce must be sold for a good price.
“We have now engaged a consultant to help us, and we still need the support of those in the industry to assist us.”
The association is now working with a consultancy company who will assist the group to find markets overseas.
The association started three years ago with proper documentation of its farmers, the number of coffee trees (more than 3 million), the household income and other basic information to help the group.
Mr Anas said the group made its first sale of 241 bags of coffee to a local coffee mill in Lae in June but spent around K15,000 to transport the coffee bags to the mill.
“We need assistance from our local leaders, the provincial government and the coffee industry to help the association and the many coffee farmers we have in terms of reaching the markets,” he said.