Crimean Cooperatives boost income of local residents

26 Jul 2013

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UN UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Alessandra Tisot visited Agricultural Servicing Cooperative ‘Hayal’ in Sakskiy district.

The cooperative is one of 33 similar projects implemented by UNDP in Crimea to promote the development of a dynamic and market driven small scale agriculture cooperative sector. Such projects help local communities to open up income generation opportunities for low income rural households, as well as to foster cooperation and good governance principles for cooperatives’ management and to build the business skills of the rural population.

In 2008, the residents of Geroyskoye village formed an initiative group to establish an agricultural service cooperative (ASC) Hayal. “UNDP Crimean Integration and Development Programme trained us in developing our production, marketing and sales skills. The trainings helped us to learn more about business planning and management, accounting and taxation, transportation and logistics which made us manage the cooperative work more effective. We have created our website to advertise our products and sell seeding, grapes and strawberries,” explains Seyran Veliyev, Head of “Hayal” Agricultural Servicing Cooperative.  As a result the cooperative members were able to develop a business plan and to boost their fruit production which led to increasing income and opportunities for local residents.

UN Resident Coordinator expressed appreciation for interesting information and feedback about the cooperative work “We are very glad to hear that UNDP, and CIDP work in particular, helped to organize and build capacity of local people to organize in cooperatives. Now the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine puts creation of cooperatives as one of its priorities in agriculture development. We hope that in the future more and more farmers will choose cooperation as a way of not just surviving, but moving to sustainable development of rural areas, and UNDP will be happy to assist with such development.”