Education & Training Services

Scientific Liaison section plays a “linking” function through liaison with research, farmer training extension, Industry Operation Division, coffee industry and other service providers.  That role is achieved through publications, providing information services, communicating coffee information, conducting liaison activities, media releases and performing public relation duties. The section is based in Aiyura under the Research and Grower Services Division.

Research & Extension Publications

The section publishes the following periodicals, reports and extension publications for the Research & Grower Services Division. The scientific publications include the PNG Coffee Journal, Coffee Research Reports and R&GSD Annual Report. The extension publications are the Coffee Industry Newsletter, Technical Advisory Circular, Coffee Notes, posters and flyers. The section is also responsible for publishing the Coffee Indstry Corporation website and the CIC Annual Report.

Library and Information Services

The Holloway Library is one of the best specialist library in PNG. The library is an active collaborating member of the National Agricultural Information Systems (NAIS) in PNG. The library provides information services to staff and the surrounding communities. For further information on the type of information contained in the Library, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Liaison

The section develops programs for visitors to the station who want to know more about the research and extension activities from specialists on the station. They also have opportunities to interact with scientists and extensionists about particular research activities under their oversight.

In cooperation with other sections of CIC, the section assists to mount stands and to participate at shows, field days and Open Days around PNG.

Industrial Training

The section is in charge of organizing industrial training for students from agricultural institutions by writing their job descriptions and developing work programs and then engaging them for the training. 

Media Activities

The Scientific Liaison Section also undertakes the publicity of CIC and the dissemination of coffee information and news items through the mass media.

Omuru 1 Dissemination

 

The section is progressing on the establishment of capacities for Omuru 1, an elite Robusta coffee variety planting material in the coastal provinces. Germination piths and seed gardens are being established in Zumim, Morobe Province; Maprik, East Sepik Province; Kokopo, East New Britain Province and Bubuletta in Milne Bay Province.

The Papua New Guinea managed sector (Plantation sector) has put PNG coffee on the world market during the early days and is recognised globally as the producer of sufficient volumes of the top-of-the-top quality coffee with assured consistency in supply and quality.

However, production from the blocks and plantation sectors has declined to less than 20% of total production in recent times. This was due to several factors, most of which are beyond CIC's control. Generally, the managed sector has declined due to a combination of constraints which have become prevalent in our society, such as coffee cherry theft, and land issues among others.

Under the CIC structure National Plantation & Block Training & Extension was formed to provide technical and management advisory services to the plantation and block sub sector of the coffee industry in PNG. The main aim of this position within the structure was to revive the plantation sector and restore them back to their full production potential. It is headed by a coordinator based at Aiyura Research and Grower Services Division office.

Functions

The roles of this position are to:

  • Provide sound technical & management advice to the plantations over 30 hectares (ha) and blocks 5.0 – 29 hectare on rehabilitation, maintenance and development in proper agronomic and general coffee husbandry practices;
  • Conduct training in all aspects of coffee husbandry and financial management including budgeting;
  • Promote participatory approach in rehabilitation, maintenance and development;
  • Encourage registrations of plantations and blocks with Investment Promotio Authority;
  • Encourage formation of co-operatives for plantations and blocks.

The functions of this section are to:

  • Maintain records of all the plantations and blocks in PNG including ownership;
  • Maintain records of plantations and blocks rehabilitated;
  • Prepare annual work program and budgets for the section;
  • Prepare submissions for project funding through National Development Bank (NDB) or other sources;
  • Make field visits to provinces on demand for technical advises;
  • Coordinate training by networking with other sections of CIC and stakeholders;
  • Networking with NDB and National Agriculture Development Plan of PNG for funding of projects;
  • Make farm tours for trainees to plantation or block sites for demonstration on various agronomic practices.

 

 

The Coffee Grower Support Services Program (CGSSP) is a core program under the Grower Services program that pursues a comprehensive implementation of farmer training and extension service delivery activities through a ‘grower demand-driven approach’. Through this approach, Participatory Rural Appraisal Planning (PRAP) and Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA) are used from which training needs and requirements of farmers are identified.

The training needs are then addressed with the engagement of service providers with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct training. The service providers are outsourced from within the locality to minimize cost of their engagements. These service providers are mostly former agricultural officers and those with bookkeeping and accounting experiences.

A transparent process of engaging service providers are implemented with the eventual signing of a contract between the service provider(s), CIC and the farmer group(s) to pave the way for training to take place.

CGSSP Coordinators

The CIC Provincial Farmer Training and Extension Coordinators (PFTECs) stationed in thirteen coffee growing provinces of the country coordinate training and extension services to farmers which also include overseeing of the service provider conducted training. Reports are then provided and sent back to the Office of the Manager, Farmer Training and Extension at the RGSD office in Aiyura for review and advice.

The thirteen provinces in which the PFTECs are stationed include the following:

  • Central
  • Morobe
  • Eastern Highlands
  • Western Highlands
  • Southern Highlands
  • Enga
  • Simbu
  • East Sepik
  • Madang
  • Oro
  • Milne Bay
  • New Ireland
  • East New Britain

Since the PRAP program began, a number of PRAP groups have been established in some places in the 13 provinces.

*Click Farmer Groups to view the list of farmer groups that successfully completed the PRAP program.

 

 

The Participatory Rural Appraisal Planning program developed by the Coffee Industry Corporation to address the demand-driven extension approach has achieved milestones since its inception. As a result of this a number of farmer groups have been established around the main coffee growing provinces.

The following table lists the major farmer groups per province that were involved in the PRAP exercise.

Province

No

Group name

Western Highlands Province

1

Kin Yewandil Coffee Growers Group

2

Untpina Community Group

3

Segiri Village Coffee Growers

4

Tolu Village Coffee Growers

5

Rutz Kopi Cooperative

Eastern Highlands Province

1

Timuza Coffee Business Group Inc.

2

Ikssons Coffee Development of Tarabo

3

Fima Coffee Growers Association

4

Keiya Coffee Growers Group

5

Nagamiufa Coffee Growers Group

6

Muturu CCGS Coffee Cooperative

7

Fimito Coffee Cooperative

8

Sihereni Coffee Growers

9

Highlands Organic Agri- Cooperative

Enga Province

1

Waya Miok Community Association Inc.

Simbu Province

1

Kamapwapo Coffee Growers Group

2

Kerebo Coffee Growers Group

3

Mindima Village Coffee Growers

Morobe Province

1

Warup People's Association

2

Allang Daom People's Association Inc.

East Sepik Province

1

Wapina Coffee Growers Group

2

Kulikwa Saike Coffee Group

3

North Mufian Coffee Group

4

Tasaipmo Coffee Group

New Ireland Province

1

Kafatpana Coffee Group

 

 

Scientific Liaison section plays a “linking” function through liaison with research, farmer training extension, Industry Operation Division, coffee industry and other service providers.  That role is achieved through publications, providing information services, communicating coffee information, conducting liaison activities, media releases and performing public relation duties. The section is based in Aiyura under the Research and Grower Services Division.

Research & Extension Publications

The section publishes the following periodicals, reports and extension publications for the Research & Grower Services Division. The scientific publications include the PNG Coffee Journal, Coffee Research Reports and R&GSD Annual Report. The extension publications are the Coffee Industry Newsletter, Technical Advisory Circular, Coffee Notes, posters and flyers. The section is also responsible for publishing the Coffee Industry Corporation website and the CIC Annual Report.

Library and Information Services

The Holloway Library is one of the best specialist library in PNG. The library is an active collaborating member of the National Agricultural Information Systems (NAIS) in PNG. The library provides information services to staff and the surrounding communities. For further information on the type of information contained in the Library, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Liaison

The section develops programs for visitors to the station who want to know more about the research and extension activities from specialists on the station. They also have opportunities to interact with scientists and extensions about particular research activities under their oversight.

In cooperation with other sections of CIC, the section assists to mount stands and to participate at shows, field days and Open Days around PNG.

Industrial Training

The section is in charge of organising industrial training for students from agricultural institutions by writing their job descriptions and developing work programs and then engaging them for the training. 

Media Activities

The Scientific Liaison Section also undertakes the publicity of CIC and the dissemination of coffee information and news items through the mass media.

Omuru 1 Dissemination

The section is progressing on the establishment of capacities for Omuru 1, an elite Robusta coffee variety planting material in the coastal provinces. Germination piths and seed gardens are being established in Zumim, Morobe Province; Maprik, East Sepik Province; Kokopo, East New Britain Province and Bubuletta in Milne Bay Province.

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