In brief: Employment Act review underway, and other business stories

Employment and IR laws under review, Police Commissioner appeals for end to blockade of Highlands Highway, and new Agriculture Minister promises to pursue K20m for coffee borer repair. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Why ‘exotic’ Papua New Guinea coffee has greater export potential

Grown almost entirely without pesticides in small village gardens, PNG coffee is cherished by aficionados around the world for its delicate fruity ‘winey’ and smooth caramel aftertaste. Ian Neubauer looks at how the coffee bean is processed for its major markets in Australia and Europe.

Entrepreneurs: Jerry Kapka of Kongo Coffee Ltd

When Jerry Kapka began his working life as a teacher, he never anticipated one day he would own one of Papua New Guinea’s leading coffee companies.

Coffee: a major PNG export

Coffee is one of Papua New Guinea’s major agricultural commodities, with exports worth 927 million kina (US$433 million) in 2011—a huge increase on 2010. Two varieties are grown: robusta in the coastal areas and arabica in the Highlands. There are approximately 64,000 hectares under coffee across 14 of PNG’s provinces, most managed by smallholders. It […]

A season of healthy growth

Farming expertise, rich soil and high rainfall are behind Papua New Guinea’s organic strength. Agriculture accounted for more than 30% of Papua New Guinea’s GDP in 2011, according to World Bank figures. The sector expanded at a moderate pace in 2011, with many cash crops responding to high international prices. PNG’s most valuable cash crops—oil […]

Selling PNG’s produce to the world

Papua New Guinea’s produce and products continue to find new markets overseas. Currently, the vast bulk of PNG’s exports are raw or part-processed commodities such as coffee, cocoa, palm oil and timber, although there is an increased emphasis on value-adding prior to export. The way to market differs depending on the produce. Commodity exports PNG […]