Alvin Murray - The Role of Cooperatives in Production: The Jamaican Experience.

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Workshop on Small-Scale Farming in the Caribbean:
"The Role of Cooperatives in Production: The Jamaican Experience", by Alvin Murray, President of the Christiana Potato growers Association, Jamaica.

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Alvin Murray - The Role of Cooperatives in Production: The Jamaican Experience.

  1. 1. CPGCA operates within a 50 Kilometer radius of Christiana 5 parishes 26 districts 4000 active members.
  2. 2. CPGCA MISSION STATEMENTTo improve the life of the members,by utilizing their united funds andefforts for the better production,processing, and marketing ofpotatoes and/or any approvedproduct on co-operative lines and toperform services in their interest inthe most sustainable and economicalway.: Registered March 23, 1959
  3. 3. CPGCACommunity RenaissanceThrough Diversification & Technology Providing Sustainable Services enabling our members to make a profit
  4. 4. Calories produced per Potatoes litre of water Corn WheatRice
  5. 5. We need our own seeds to plant at the best time and saving foreign exchange
  6. 6. ANTI CANCER properties
  7. 7. FOODSECURITY
  8. 8. MARKETING OUR FARMERS PRODUCE
  9. 9. WORKIN PROGRESS
  10. 10. Searching for New varieties : High yielding, Early maturing, High Dry matter, with tolerance to, Drought, Heat, Salt, Pests & Diseases.
  11. 11. ADDING VALUE from would be waste
  12. 12. WEAKNESSES1.Working Capital Inaccessible2. Lack of Irrigation3. High cost of Energy4.Inadequate Extension Services5.No Agricultural Insurance6.Lack of Mechanization7.Primary Production no Value addition.8. High Indebtedness9.Need for Staff and Staff Training10. No Transport and Refrigerated Transport
  13. 13. A Co-operatives success can lead to its Demise
  14. 14. The way forward RENEW THE HILLSIDES with Lumber, Lychee, Macadamia Nuts, Avocado and other fruit treesProtected & Soiless Harvested rain water Agriculture
  15. 15. THANK YOU• MOAF, RADA, SRC, MPDC, MPC, JEA,• JAMPRO, JBDC, DCFS, NUCS. JAS, JBS. NPCB. SDC.• CaFAN, CARDI, IICA. TTABA• ALL ACP, EU, FAO, ITC, CFC, CDE, CTA, USAID, CIDA.• All Other Individuals, Supporters and Sponsors

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