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Dept of Co-op assists agriculture sector

July 10, 2015 5:28 am

The Department of Co-operative Business is currently assisting the consumer cooperative to diversify into the agriculture sector.

Minister for Trade, Faiyaz Koya says 47 agro-based co-operatives have been registered in the past five years alone.

Nine have been registered so far this year.

“Some of the examples of the agro based co-operatives include the Koronivia vegetable farmers cooperative which provide seedling to farmers, the cane course vegetable farmers co-operatives, facilitates the marketing of members produce, sunrise youth co-operative a youth co-operative in Lautoka, providing employment through agro farming.”

Koya was replying to a question from Government MP Dr. Brij Lal in Parliament today about what initiatives the department had taken to promote and assist agro based co-operatives.