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CHABSCO LOOK TO JAPAN FOR AGRIC CO-OPS' BEST PRACTICES

01 Sep 2013

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CHABSCO LOOK TO JAPAN FOR AGRIC CO-OPS' BEST PRACTICES

A delegation of Chris Hani Agri-Business Secondary Cooperative (CHABSCO) led by its Chairperson, Mr Nkenke Peter Mxhosana, will jet off to Japan this afternoon on a study mission to learn more about Japanese best practices in running Agricultural Co-operatives. The 11 day study tour is a culmination
of ongoing engagements between AFASA, represented by its Managing Director, Mr. Aggrey Mahanjana and Japan Consumer Cooperative Union (JCCU).

"Through this study mission we hope to fortify strategic relations between JCCU and AFASA's Cooperative Chamber using CHABSCO as a case study. Japan has by far, proven to have best practices in running viable agricultural cooperatives" Mahanjana said.

Accompanied by Mr. Mhlobo Mbane, Director of CHABSCO, Mr. Mxhosana believes that Japan's best practices can help turn around the South African Agricultural Cooperative model.

"The farming environment in South Africa is designed in such a way that extension officers and the state are running farming on behalf of the farmers. The South African model of agricultural cooperatives allows government to establish and run cooperatives on behalf of the farmers while the Japanese Cooperatives partner with the state as a major contributor to job creation, food security and the country's GDP. We hope to learn more about how Japanese run efficient and self-sustainable agricultural cooperatives" Mxhosana argued.

Key in CHABSCO's interest in this study mission is looking at financing model of agricultural cooperatives in Japan.

"One of CHABSCO's key programme areas is running the Co-op's own financial services and this is the same model that Japan is utilizing. The JCCU runs its own Agricultural Financing Bank for its members. We are keenly interested in learning about JCCU's Cooperative Bank, how was established, who is involved, how are they running it and how accessible and beneficiating it is to the Co-op members", explained Mr. Mbane

CHABSCO is a member of AFASA's Cooperative Chamber, whose primary aim is to identify production and consumption centres of agricultural products at Chris Hani District Municipality as well as outline and prioritise steps to be taken to boost agricultural production to its potential levels and bring such produce to the consumer markets at affordable prices for the benefit of small-holder farmers in Chris Hani District.

AFASA aims to use CHABSCO's success story a model with which to roll-out the drive for sustainable agricultural cooperatives across the country.