The Role of Cooperative Agency in Promoting Agricultural Cooperatives in a Country (A Case Of In Gog Woreda, Southern Gambella, Ethiopia)

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Dorgi, Ochan (2015)
  • Publisher: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research
  • Journal: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research (issn: 2319-5614)
  • Subject: Social Sciences | Agriculture, Challenges, Cooperatives, Gog woreda, Sustainability
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The study was conducted in Gog woreda, southern Gambella, Ethiopia with the objectives to assess the roles of regional cooperative promotion agency in promoting the sustainability of agricultural cooperatives and to examine the challenges of members participation in agricultural cooperatives. To address the objectives of the study, both quantitative and qualitative methodologies were used through primary and secondary data source. The primary data were collected through face to face interviews using structured interview schedule and focus group discussion. The study used a multi-stage sampling. Descriptive statistical tools such as mean, minimum, maximum, percentage and standard deviations were used to analyze the data. Therefore, the general findings of this study reveal that, the major factors that challenged the roles played by the regional cooperative agency and members participation in agricultural cooperatives in the study area were inability of cooperative promotion agency to play its roles appropriately resulted from failure to implement cooperative laws failure to conduct timely auditing and inspections, less budget allocation by the regional government and inadequate trained manpower, inadequate members awareness about cooperatives, poor participation of members, poor members involvement in decision making, unwillingness of members to involve in conflict resolution, inadequate managerial skills of the leaders, absence of training, interference of local leaders in the decisions and managerial affairs of the cooperatives, unavailability of financial institutions, inadequate infrastructures, inaccessibility to improved seeds and inadequate agriculture extension services.
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