Ukraine farmers examine Canadian agriculture co-ops

A delegation of Ukrainian farmers were visiting agriculture co-ops this week, looking to see if the approach can benefit their grain businesses in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk Oblast.

In Ontario they visited Agris Co-op and Great Lakes Grain in Chatham, Agrico fertilizer storage outside London, an Agromart retail operation in Wellburn, and the Donkers’ dairy goat farm in Shedden.

In Quebec, they will visit Comax, La Coop Fédérée, grain and dairy farms, and a farm machinery co-op on their journey to learn more about how they can manage and grow their nascent co-op enterprises.

The visitors include members, board members and the managers of two co-ops in Ukraine – Zernovyi Co-op, which will soon launch commercial operations of its co-operative grain storage facility, and Zerno-BUNK Co-op, which operates in Bobrynets Raion. The grain project manager in Ukraine is also among the visitors.

The grain elevator and the co-ops’ development have been supported by the Ukraine Grain Storage and Marketing Cooperatives Project, a consortium of SOCODEVI, the Canadian Co-operative Association and IRECUS, with funds from the Canadian Government.

“We are pleased to welcome this group of highly motivated farmers and co-op representatives to learn more about the day-to-day operations of grain co-ops in Canada,” Michael Casey of the CCA said. “We hope that along the way they will be better able to envision what their co-op can achieve.”

“This project is a proud part of the rebirth of co-operative agriculture in Ukraine,” says project manager Sergii Kurdytskyi.

“Seeing co-operatives in action here in Canada helps strengthen our belief in the future success of the two grain co-ops and the entire co-operative movement in Ukraine.”

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