CAUAYAN CITY, Isabela, June 20 (PNA) — The Cooperative Development Authority officials and board administrators board have pledged to further develop the agriculture cooperatives amid problems plaguing those mismanaged and financially strapped ones, a cooperative official said here.
Executive Director Ray Elevazo of the Cooperative Development Authority said they have been embarking on developing 50-percent micro-cooperatives to small-cooperative category while 50-percent of these would have been elevated to medium category by 2020.
He suggested simple cooperative tools for micro-cooperatives during their infancy and development stages aside from giving them financial and technical help.
The CDA executive director has also pledged to make 100-percent compliant cooperatives by 2020, ensuring regulation for protection and interests of members.
Cooperative success stories serve as motivating points for struggling cooperatives, Elevazo said.
“The value chain will eliminate middlemen, who have been detrimental to the cause of farmers,” the CDA executive director added.