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Wageningen University (2011)

Agriculture cooperatives assessment, in Puli Khumri district of Baghlan Province, Afghanistan

Tokhi, H.

Titre : Agriculture cooperatives assessment, in Puli Khumri district of Baghlan Province, Afghanistan

Auteur : Tokhi, H.

Université de soutenance : Wageningen University

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2011

Résumé
The main theme of this research is to find out “causes for Agriculture cooperatives poor functioning” in Puli Khumri district of Baghlan province, Afghanistan. The study was carried out in two Agri coops, in Puli Khumri district. The objective of this study was to investigate main causes responsible for Agri coops poor functioning and recommend possible way to well functioning Agri coops. The research investigated the current situation of Agri coops and main hindrance factors which influence the Agri coops functions. For investigation of all influential factors, certain Agri coops members and supporting organizations were surveyed and interviewed. Data collected from the survey of thirty individual Agri coops members that was analyzed to find education level of farmers, land size, reason to establish the Agri coops, Agri coops leadership and management, access to agriculture inputs, and marketing channel for their products. It was revealed that in 59 % of respondents have between 0.5 and 1 ha land size, 67 % of Agri coops respondents was illiterate, 73 % of respondents said they has engaged animals and crops, 100 % of respondents mentioned that they establish the Agri coops to have access to agriculture inputs which provide it by supporting organisation, 100 % respondents said that Agri coops is managed by managing board, 57 % respondents said that managing board is consisted from village elders (Malek, Qomandan and Khan) , 100 % of respondents said they do not have any plan for Agri coops activities, 64 % of respondents indicate that for never they have been conduct meeting among members, 100 % respondents mentioned that they do not have access to loan from any loan providing institution, 33 % respondents said that they received agriculture inputs from supporting organizations, 100 % of respondents point to they do not receive any training about cooperative management and marketing of agriculture products. The result indicates that several problem were faced by members like 100 % respondents said the quality of agriculture inputs are very low, lack of financial support, lack of agriculture machinery and storage facility, insufficient inputs provided by supporting organisation and low awareness about marketing. It can be concluded that main problem of the Agri coops is the low knowledge of Agri coops members about Agri coops principle, objective and function, weak communication among Agri coops members and insufficient support of supporters’ organisation with Agri coops. Therefore, there should holistic efforts and intervention to support the Agri coops to overcome all the hindrance factors which influence the Agri coops activities.

Mots clés : agricultural cooperatives / assessment / afghanistan

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