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Submitted by Wilson THompson Orlegge on
Through the WB funded PPAP, there is provision for Organic and other certifications. This has been in recent literature such as Pacific Economic Bulletin and other research mostly by academics in Australia. Having read these, the issue of the cost of certification is very high, especially in US and AUD terms. Most of coffee production in PNG shifted from plantations and estates to smallholder. Even smallholders numbering up to say 200 cannot afford to pay for certification. Either processors and exporters come in to assist or CIC or the State secure certification for s specific farmers or from certain geographical location or groups and ensure the farmers comply with the certification requirements and go into direct exports. Thank you. Wilson