Developing Status of Specialized Farmers Cooperatives: Based on the Investigation Data of 162 Villages in Sichuan Province, China

Concepts of Specialized Farmers Cooperative (cooperative) and Peasants' Specialized Cooperative Economic Organization (Specialized Cooperative Organization) are introduced. Specialized Cooperative Organization having no independent status of legal person is taken as the reference object when studying on the village level cooperative. Taking a total 162 villages in 12 cities as data sources, data investigation is carried out in the form of questionnaire and interview. Development status of Specialized Farmers Cooperatives in sample sites is introduced. On the whole, more than 20% of the sample sites have set up cooperatives, with an average of 0.23 new cooperative in each village, indicating that the coverage rate of cooperative is low. According to the leaders, development modes of cooperative and Specialized Cooperative Organization are divided into 7 types. Among them, “village committee + Specialized Cooperative Organization + peasant household”, “base + Specialized Cooperative Organization + peasant household”, and “Specialized Cooperative Organization + peasant household” are 3 major modes in sample sites. And “company +cooperative + peasant household” is the main operation mode of the newly established cooperative. Investigation data shows that new cooperative is significant superior to Specialized Cooperative Organization in offering relevant services. Most of the village cadres keep a positive attitude about the function of Specialized Cooperative Organization; and almost no village cadre thinks that the function of cooperative or Specialized Cooperative Organization is very poor. A total of 43.83% of people interviewed believe that the lack of government support is the primary difficulty in the development of cooperative. Based on this, relevant suggestions are put forward to promote the development of cooperative. Firstly, actively promote the implementation of the Law of Cooperatives. Secondly, strengthen the supervision of cooperatives. Thirdly, positive effect of rural basic party organizations and village committees should be closely combined with local economic development and cooperative construction.

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Aug 20 2009
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Asian Agricultural Research, Volume 01, Issue 08
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