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Epi Coffee Farmers Make First Harvest

By Anita Roberts Oct 1, 2016, Vanuatu Daily Post

Epi Coffee Farmrs, Vanuatu
Epi Coffee Farmrs, Vanuatu
This year marks a milestone for the Mafilau Coffee Farmers Association on the island of Epi since 2012 when it was given 2,000 coffee seedlings to get on its feed just after establishment.

The seedlings were delivered by the Tanna Coffee and Vanuatu Agriculture Department. Four years later, the young and struggling association have celebrated its first harvest of 51kg green beans.

Formed in 2011, this coffee farmers association is headed by a female, Eny Yona.

Providing a stable production of coffee, enhancing the coffee industry and ensuring a steadfast income stream for more farmers in Vanuatu was the idea of supplying the seedlings to the small association, said the Operations Manager of the Tanna Coffee, Yasmine Adlington-Walden.

“We (the Tanna Coffee) have future plans to replicate this success story on many other islands in Vanuatu.

“We are proud of the achievement of the Epi f…