Agricultural producers of Lutsk, Lokachi and Rozhyschensky districts of the Volyn region, specializing in growing potatoes, recently held a meeting, during which they agreed on the need to unite in the first agricultural cooperative of potato producers in Ukraine. This is stated on the Facebook page of the Department of Agro-Industrial Development of Volyn Regional State Administration.
During the meeting, the future members of the cooperative discussed not only the strategic directions of the cooperative, but also ways to attract investment, and invited experts on legal, technical issues and business planning took up the development of the statutory documents, the definition of the rules of the cooperative’s on-farm activities and its business plan.
Also during the meeting, it was decided that the cooperative would work under a single brand – “Volyn Potato”.
Anatoly Arshulik, the representative of the farm “EcoTour”, was elected chairman of the initiative group for the creation of the cooperative.
As a result of the meeting, farmers signed an agreement on cooperation in creating a cooperative between the Volyn Agrarian Advisory Service and an initiative group of farmers who grow potatoes.
Earlier a similar question was asked by the company “VIMAL”. Last year, it initiated the creation of a cooperative for deep processing of potatoes. It is planned that it will produce products with high added value for export: starch, protein, food fibres and fertilizer. Both producers of potatoes and processors can join the cooperative.
As evidenced by the calculations, at the expense of the cooperative farmers can increase their income threefold: from $ 600 to $ 2 thousand per 1 ha.