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Low coffee prices affect farmers

Low coffee prices have greatly affected the coffee growers in Wau-Waria District of Morobe Province.

Two coffee farmers transported 45 bags of dried coffee beans on two hired vehicles and the low coffee price forced them to find a buyer in Wau.

“We travelled all the way from Waria to find a good buyer who can purchase our coffee bags at a good price,” a coffee farmer who declined to be named, said.

“We can’t travel to Lae and sell our coffee bags there as we will make a loss. We hired a vehicle to transport our produce to the markets in Lae but due to the low price we have no choice but to sell to a buyer who offered us a better price in Wau.”

A Wau-based coffee buyer, Bongi Bilex, said the coffee price is determined by the world market and they don’t have any control over it.

“The current price is K4 per kilogram and the producer who hires a vehicle to transport his coffee bags to sell in Lae will make a loss,” he said.

“I’m offering a reasonable price to the farmers to sell their coffee to me.”