Illegal trading of cherry coffee in Papua New Guinea is said to be affecting the quality of coffee in the country.
The practice also known as freelance trading refers to the sale of fresh coffee cherries, which are usually stolen, by uncertified parties in PNG.
Some of the larger coffee producers lose up to 50 percent of their total produce through theft annually.
The practice was made illegal in 2008 by the national regulator, the Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd, with fines of up to $US1542 dollars for repeat offenders.
A compliance manager at the CIC, Michael Waim, says there has been a reduction in the practice, but it is still a big problem.
He told Koroi Hawkins that at first the regulator's primary concern was reducing farmers' losses but more recently it has found the practice is also affecting the quality of PNG coffee.