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More good news is brewing for PNG!
A new coffee factory in Kokopo, East New Britain is set to transform the economic landscape of the New Guinea Islands region.
Located in Kabakual on the outskirts of Kokopo town, the new factory will help communities diversify their crops and support the production of high-quality Arabica coffee beans for international export. The factory itself is expected to employ at least 30 people.
The factory, pictured above during a recent World Bank team visit, is an initiative of PNG’s East New Britain Provincial Government and is supported by the World Bank through the PPAP Coffee Component.
More than 1,000 coffee growers have already registered under this partnership, with the opening of the new factory expected to boost numbers.
Under the project, coffee farmers receive ID cards, help to open a bank account and support for income and savings plans.
Supported by World Bank Pacific, through PNG’s Department of Agriculture and Livestock, since it began in 2010, PPAP has worked with more than 67,000 farmers from twelve provinces in PNG.
This has included more than 24,000 women, who have been supported to take greater ownership in the production and sale of coffee and cocoa across the country.
The unique partnership has resulted in a 40 percent increase in net income for smallholder coffee and cocoa growers across PNG.