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Project title: Tartu county's milk producers co-operative
MEASURE: 1.9
Measure name: Setting up and development of producer groups
Theme: joint activity/cooperation
Keywords: producer groups, joint activity, milk producing
Start year: 2010
Name of the beneficiary: Tartu county's milk producers co-operative
Sum of support: 20 139 (2010); 46 447 EUR (2011)
Backround of the project: Tartu county's milk producers co-operative was acknowledged as a producer group in 12th August 2010.

The co-operative was established to commonly market the products/milk of milk producing entrepreneurs near Võrtsjärv. As if spring 2012 the co-operative has 16 members - all together 2300 dairy cows. Most of the entrepreneurs have problems with milk realization: buyer kept the prices low, prizes varied (fluctuated), sometimes the money receiving process took 2 months (sometimes even more).
Objectives of the project: The aim was to establish an co-operative which enables to have a common discussion with buyers about stable and acceptable prices and shortening the time on money receiving process.

Also developing the co-operative as a producer group.
Main activities: Establishing a co-operative which is currently well developed and successful.

The milk is marketed by the co-operative which guarantees the stable prices for producers, also the money-flow is faster now. Producers are more satisfied.

The members of co-operative have participated at relevant trainings, thus the milk has better quality now.

The members are commonly purchasing necessary inputs (rapeseed cake, fertilizers) - it allows to get lower prices from the producers' point of view.
Output and results indicators: Tartu county's milk producers co-operative is operative and serves the interests of its' members with no excessive public attention, and does it in a sustainable way.
Experiences/lessons learned: The development of co-operative is a good example of potentiality and productivity of co-operative work.
Contact person : Sulev Kuus, member of board
County: Tartu county
Project inserted into database: 2012-11-29

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