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21-01-2004, 03:03 PM
By JAMES KILA

A DELEGATION from an urban setting thrilled a community in a remote corner of Koinambe in the Western Highlands province.

The people slaughtered two pigs as a typical Highlands symbol or appreciation thus illustrating the importance of the meeting with visitors from the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC).

Koinambe is very remote and disadvantaged in terms of basic government infrastructure. The deteriorating condition of the 70-kilometres road-link throught rugged terrain from Banz hinders the flow of basic services to the area. The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) airline provides aviation services to Koinambe airstrip once a week (every Friday). However, the excessive airfare of K105 each way to Mt Hagen limits comfortable growth in any economic activity in Koinambe.

The Koinambe or Lower-Jimi shares provincial boundaries with Simbai in Madang and the upper secton of the East Sepik. It is a sub-district/government patrol post within the Lower-Jimi local level government consisting of (18)eighteen council wards.

The Jimi district administrative centre is at Tibibuka located approximately 30 kilometres down to Koinmambe and 40-kilometres to Banz. However, it is rather sad mentioning that PMV has temporarily served the Koinambe road in its current poor condition.
The CIC delegation visited Koinambe for the first time in December, 2003 officers comprised a CIC extension officer assigned to Jimi, Linus Poi, Western Highlands provincial coffee coordinator (PCC), Samson Jack, CIC credit officer Simon Gesip and acting Extension Services Division Field Operations Manager, Fabian Api.

The delegation visit to Koinambe was purposely to explain group marketing and primary co-operative concepts to growers in the area.
Generally, there was attentive listening most of the time by the people who gathered.

The CIC delegation discussed that the advanced state of group marketing to form a growers primary cooperative would enable a collective group effort in acquiring much needed facilities to enable processing and marketing. Eventually the group may lead towards improving basic infrastructure and an economically viable community.

The CIC team took a six-hour drive in a four-wheel drive Toyota hilux from Banz tackling the rough road condition to Koinambe.

Boniface Kumga, the program initiator led by two traditional singsing groups received the delegation upon arrival.
William Pok, the vice president of the Lower Jimi LLG welcome the CIC delegation saying it was the first time such important guests from the coffee industry have gone to the area.
“I have heard of the CIC working with growers in remote parts of Western Highlands, but here in Koinambe we have missed out. Your presence here today is very important,” he said.

Although, coffee has been growing in this remote part of Western Highlands there has been no technical or professional leadership to enhance the cash crop economically,” Mr Pok said.
“Remoteness would be the disadvantage factor but to get a tastte of a new economical world coffee is the only source that we have to pursue through regardless,” he added.
The CIC officers later explained the importance of coffee quality and its implication on the price. They also outlined the details of harvesting and processing to have good quality produce.

Generally, there was attentive listening most of the time by the people who gathered.

The CIC delegation discussed that the advanced state of group marketing to form a growers primary cooperative would enable a collective group effort in acquiring much needed facilities to enable processing and marketing. Eventually the group may lead towards improving basic infrastructure and an economically viable community.

The CIC team took a six-hour drive in a four-wheel drive Toyota hilux from Banz tackling the rough road condition to Koinambe.

Boniface Kumga, the program initiator led by two traditional singsing groups received the delegation upon arrival.
William Pok, the vice president of the Lower Jimi LLG welcome the CIC delegation saying it was the first time such important guests from the coffee industry have gone to the area.
“I have heard of the CIC working with growers in remote parts of Western Highlands, but here in Koinambe we have missed out. Your presence here today is very important,” he said.

Although, coffee has been growing in this remote part of Western Highlands there has been no technical or professional leadership to enhance the cash crop economically,” Mr Pok said.
“Remoteness would be the disadvantage factor but to get a tastte of a new economical world coffee is the only source that we have to pursue through regardless,” he added.
The CIC officers later explained the importance of coffee quality and its implication on the price. They also outlined the details of harvesting and processing to have good quality produce.


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