MoA to Protect Coffee Growers

PNG Coffee growers have been assured their safety with the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) by Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) and the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary this morning.

The MOA signed between CIC and RPNGC is to establish a reserve police unit in the industry to address law and order and social problems within the coffee industry.

Speaking on behalf of the 3 million direct players and beneficiaries from coffee and other major players in the industry, CIC General Manager Steven Tumae said the event is an important occasion for CIC.

Tumae said this agreement will help the hardworking growers whose beans get stolen during harvest times by thieves who sell them in illegal trade.

“We at CIC deal with over 3 million people through coffee, we are community orientated, therefore, with this Reserve Police concept, we can at least address social problems through our coffee communities.”

Police Commissioner Garry Baki said: “…having lived in the Highlands I understand the illegal coffee trading is an ongoing issue and the signing of this MOU gives the benefit of the police to extend its responsibility down to those areas where we are not able to fully compliment in terms of police resources.”

Post-Courier February 7, 2017 12pm

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