IF YOU HAVE A FARM, CONSIDER A COOPERATIVE

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO AGRICILTURAL COOPERATIVES

 

IF YOU HAVE A FARM, CONSIDER A COOPERATIVE.

IN CASE YOU CONSIDER, YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW WHAT DEFINES A COOPERATIVE.

  1. A COOPERATIVE IS OWNED BY ITS MEMBERS. THESE MEMBERS FINANCE THE COOPERATIVE; THEY ARE ITS OWNERS AND CUSTOMERS AT THE SAME TIME.
  2.  IT IS A PRIMARILY A SERVICE PROVIDER FOR ITS MEMBERS, NOT TO SUPPLY ITS MEMBERS WITH DIVIDENDS.
  3.  A COOPERATIVE IS CONTROLLED BY ITS MEMBERS.
  4.  MEMBERS RECEIVE SHARES OF ANY PROFIT ACCORDING TO THEIR USE OF THE COOPERATIVE, NOT ACCORDING TO THEIR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION.
  5.  MEMBERS’ LIABILITY FOR DEBTS OF THE COOPERATIVE IS GENERALLY LIMITED TO THEIR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION.

THE ADVANTAGES OF AN AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE ARE THE FOLLOWING (AMONG OTHERS).

  1. THROUGH COOPERATIVES FARMERS MIGHT ACCELERATE THEIR COLLECTIVE INCOME ON THE MARKETS.
  2.  FARMERS CAN HAVE A BETTER ACCESS TO EQUIPMENT TO TOIL THEIR FARMS.
  3.  THEY CAN HAVE AN EASIER ACCESS TO CREDIR FACILITIES THROUGH THEIR COOPERATIVE.
  4.  THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF GETTING BETTER ACCESS TO THE GLOBAL MARKET PLACE BY THE COOPERATIVE USING TECHNOLOGICAL MEANS.

OF COURSE, THERE ARE ALSO DISADVANTAGES OF COOPERATIVES COMPARED WITH HANDLING YOUR OWN FARM SINGLE-HANDEDLY.

THE DISADVANTAGES MOSTLY LIE IN A MORE BUREAUCRATIC EFFORT IN DEALING WITH A COOPERATIVE, FIRST OF ALL, YOU MUST REGISTER A COOPERATIVE SIMILARLY TO A CORPORATION. FURTHERMORE, THE DECISION-MAKING PROCEDURE IS LONGER, BECAUSE THE MEMBERS MUST DECIDE COLLECTIVELY ON IMPORTANT MEASURES. THEY MUST GET AT LEAST A MAJORITY DECISION. LASTLY, THERE MIGHT OCCUR CASES IN WHICH THERE ARE DIFFERENT OPINIONS AMONG MEMBERS. THESE DIFFERENT OPINIONS MIGHT LEAD TO SEVERE PROBLEMS WITHIN THE COOPERATIVE.

BUT YOU MUST ALSO CONSIDER THAT THESE DIFFERENT OPINIONS MIGHT ALSO OCCUR WITHIN YOUR OWN FAMILY. IN CASE YOU WORK ON A FAMILY FARM, YOU COULD HAVE QUARRELS WITH YOUR PARENTS, YOUR SIBLINGS, YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE. YOU HAVE TO SOLVE ALL THESE QUARRELS. CONSIDER THE COOPERATIVE AS YOUR FAMILY. IN THE COOPERATIVE FAMILY, YOU ALL MUST BALANCE DIFFERENT OPINIONS FOR THE SAKE OF THE OVERALL GOOD.

IF THIS ARTICLE GIVES YOU THE IDEA THAT IF YOU HAVE A FARM, YOU CONSIDER A COOPERATIVE, THEN DO THE FOLLOWING. DOWNLOAD THE BOOK AT THE BEGINNING OD THIS ARTICLE, AND READ IT. THE BOOK IS WRITTEN FOR ESTABLISHING COOPERATIVES IN THE U.S.A. BUT APART FROM THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS, YOU CAN USE THIS BOOK FOR THE AFRICAN ENVIRONMENT, TOO.

AFTER THAT, YOU MIGHT THINK A COOPERATIVE IS THE RIGHT THING FOR YOU, BUT YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF AN AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE WITH PEOPLE WHO MIGHT HAVE THE SAME INTERESTS.

IF YOU THEN HAVE MORE QUESTIONS, YOU CAN CONTACT ME THROUGH “ENQUIRIES” ON THIS WEBSITE. YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME THROUGH recklingenterprises@hotmail.com OR MY WHATSAPP NUMBER 0200523362. (FOR PEOPLE OUTSIDE GHANA, IT IS +233200523362.)

BUILD MORE COOPERATIVES FOR A BETTER AGRICULTURAL BASE IN GHANA AND THE WHOLE OF AFRICA!

 

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