Prime Minister James Marape has officially launched the National Coffee Structure and Policy Framework at Banz, Jiwaka Province on Friday.
One of the key aims of the new Coffee Ministry under pioneer Minister Joe Kuli is to see 2,500 coffee trees per family in the coffee growing areas around the country.
The event was attended by PM James Marape, Finance and Planning Minister Rainbo Paita, Agriculture Minister Aiye Tambua and his vice Minister, Oil Palm Minister Francis Maneke, including governors for Western Highlands and Jiwaka, along with local Jiwaka MPs.
Two representatives from the investor companies from the United States also attended the launching.
Prime Minister James in his keynote speech called on the people to start going back home to work their lands.
He said the government was working towards improving the lives of the rural communities, and commended the new Coffee Minister for taking the first step in setting the road map for coffee industry.
The Prime Minister also challenged youths and school leavers not to give up hope and resort to drugs, alcohol and crime.
Meanwhile, all the leaders expressed the need for people to work together to have the policy working.
The Prime Minister also announced that K2 million each has been delivered to selected coffee producing Districts in the region and the funding program will phase out to other districts.
He also announced K5 million each for Jiwaka and Western Highlands Provincial governments to focus on Coffee rehabilitation programs and taking stock of farmers.