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Levy fees on cocoa to assist research, expansion programs

The K100 export levy fees on cocoa goes towards funding its research capacity and extension programs in the country.

From that K100 export levy, K60 of goes to the Cocoa Board extension program while the other K40 goes towards funding the Board Research program.

The Cocoa Research Institute and extension agency has been liquidated for sometimes and that is where the export levy fees goes to help.

The annual revenue for the levy depends on the production. Annually it generates about K4million to K5 million.

The new Cocoa Board Chief Executive Officer, Jesse Anjen said he will give more emphasis on improving the capacity of research noting that with proper research and data comes a successful extension exercise.

“The research will validate the information on extension and will be passed on to the rural farmers. That has been missing for a while and we will use the levy to build the research capacity,” he said.

The new growth areas include the Southern region (Central, Milne Bay and Gulf) and Highlands region.

The PNG Cocoa Industry strategic plan 2016 to 2025 aims to support the MTDP4 by encouraging the planting of 13 million new cocoa trees.

This initiative is expected to increase the current export volume of 36,600 tonnes to over 60,000 tonnes by 2027.

To support this plan, specific investment programs have been identified , including the National Cocoa Development Program, the Cocoa Freight Subsidy, the Regional, Provincial, and District Nurseries Program, Cocoa Downstream Processing and Value Adding, Cocoa Access Roads Upgrading and Sealing , and Research and Development.

Cocoa Board is now aiming to work in partnership with Districts and Provincial governments to see this to fruition.