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Agri-Green is both  an advocacy and a business venture based on sustainable agriculture and faithful observance of the cooperative principles.

Sustainable Agriculture: The Basics

Some terms defy definition. “Sustainable agriculture” has become one of them. In such a quickly changing world, can anything be sustainable? What do we want to sustain? How can we implement such a nebulous goal? Is it too late? With the contradictions and questions have come a hard look at our present food production system and thoughtful evaluations of its future. If nothing else, the term “sustainable agriculture” has provided “talking points,” a sense of direction, and an urgency, that has sparked much excitement and innovative thinking in the agricultural world.

The word “sustain,” from the Latin sustinere (sus-, from below and tenere, to hold), to keep in existence or maintain, implies long-term support or permanence. As it pertains to agriculture, sustainable describes farming systems that are “capable of maintaining their productivity and usefulness to society indefinitely. Such systems… must be resource-conserving, socially supportive, commercially competitive, and environmentally sound.” [John Ikerd, as quoted by Richard Duesterhaus in “Sustainability’s Promise,” Journal of Soil and Water Conservation (Jan.-Feb. 1990) 45(1): p.4. NAL Call # 56.8 J822]

“Sustainable agriculture” was addressed by Congress in the 1990 “Farm Bill” [Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (FACTA), Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603 (Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990) NAL Call # KF1692.A31 1990]. Under that law, “the term sustainable agriculture means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:

  • satisfy human food and fiber needs;
  • enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
  • make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
  • sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
  • enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”

[Subchapter I: Findings, Purposes, and Definitions, U.S. Code, Title 7, Chapter 64-Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching, Available at GPO Access: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=browse_usc&docid=Cite:+7USC3103 (8/23/07)]

http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/terms/srb9902.shtml

The Seven Cooperative Principles

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
    Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
  2. Democratic Member Control
    Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. Members have equal voting rights – one member, one vote.
  3. Members’ Economic Participation
    Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. A cooperative business returns margins to their patrons. Any margins (or profits) are credited to each member’s capital credit account. Each member’s share of the capital credits for the year depends on the amount each individual paid into the cooperative during that year and on the total margins of the cooperative for the year. Capital credits are retained for a number of years and the money is used as operating capital. Retaining capital credits reduces borrowing needs. Capital credits are paid to all people who were members in a certain year. Each year members receive a notice showing the amount of capital credits that have been credited to their account for the past year.
  4. Autonomy and Independence
    Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
  5. Education, Training, and Information
    Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
    Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.
  7. Concern for Community
    While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work to improve the quality of life in the areas they serve.

We embrace and live by these principles.

http://www.barronelectric.com/ourcoop/7principles.html

Authorized Capital: 4 millions

Target No. of Hectares: 10 hectares for 2010; 200 hectares within 50 years

Main Products: Pulp orange lakatan banana intercropped with coconut or other fruit, calamansi, paminta, gabi and other vegetables

Rate of  Rental for a Hectare of Land Per Year:  It ranges from P10,000.00 to P15,000.00.

Expected Income for a Hectare of Land: P1,300,000.oo

Membership: By invitation; paid membership fee of P1,000.00; and subscribed at least 15 shares with the maximum shares of 200.

Amount Per Share: P1,000.00

Main Office:  Lagao, General Santos City, Philippines

Contact Persons:

Fr. Ernesto Bendita, Chair: +639228318481
Mr. Frank Balayon, Vice Chair: +639103690260
Fr. Greto Bugas, General Manager: +639105922162
Ms. Felicitas Jaque, Secretary: +639197767946
Ms. Merlita Guipo, Treasurer: +639282555510
Mr. Roberto Alejo, Auditor: +62926921441

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Felicitas N. Jaque permalink
    March 14, 2010 5:26 pm

    We are inviting everyone who has same interest to join us. For more information, you may contact (063) 09197767946. Or, if you are indifferent, pls contact the same for enlightenment.

  2. Felicitas N. Jaque permalink
    March 20, 2010 1:54 pm

    Agri-Green MPC has now become an opportunity for every GKK in the Parish of Sts. Peter and Paul, General Santos City to augment their income. Generally GKKs source of income are from monthly dues and love offerings. In today’s follow-up meeting with volunteers of Social Action Ministry, almost 75% wanted to be an individual member, however, they were still encouraged to make GKK become a member. It only takes P10.00 contribution for a GKK of 100 members to pay the membership fee. Each GKK must have at least 15 shares as capital build-up. Simultaneously, making them advocates of what Agri Green wanted to do.

  3. Ruben I. Sayat permalink
    April 13, 2010 3:48 pm

    It wouldbe difficult for a gkk to become a coop member because our gkk as a religious organization do not have a juridical personality.

  4. Felicitas N. Jaque permalink
    April 14, 2010 9:44 am

    Please refer to definition of GKK.

  5. Ruben I. Sayat permalink
    April 17, 2010 3:25 pm

    It is not a matter of definition. It is a matter of legal personality of GKK as an organization.

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