PNG COFFEE AGENCY BANS SALE OF COFFEE "CHERRIES"

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 1, 2008) – The Coffee Industry Corporation has imposed a blanket ban on the sale of cherry coffee.

The nationwide ban which became effective as of last month to avoid stealing of cherry coffee and to control quality of cherry coffee.

CIC says growers do not seem to benefit from their coffee due to constant thefts of cherry and the increase in roadside buying of cherry coffee. It says at the same time quality of the coffee has dropped and the ban is necessary to ensure growers receive direct benefit while coffee quality is properly maintained.

[PIR editor’s note: The "cherry" is the red coffee fruit picked at harvest time but discarded in the roasting process of it’s internal seed, or bean. ]

According to CIC, most of the roadside buyers have been the agents of major coffee processing companies with poor quality from roadside buying as most of the cherry have not been through proper checking before processing.

The ban also covers street selling coffee scales, however, the wet coffee factories will be given certain restrictions and guidelines to follow when buying cherry coffee.

Meanwhile, the coffee price has gone up with parchment coffee now selling at K4.50 per kilogram at the roadside and K5.00 per kilogram at the factory door.

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