AN ASSESSMENT OF NEW FARMERS' PERCEPTIONS ABOUT AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVES
Vol. Volume 22, Number 1 March/2017
Achilleas Kontogeorgos, Sergaki Panagiota, Fotios Chatzitheodoridis
Common Agricultural Policy pays particular attention to the decline of young farmers in the European Union. For this reason, there have been established plenty of different policy measures and motives for new entrants in Agriculture. The main objectives of this paper are firstly to investigate the characteristics of the new farmers according to their participation in Agricultural Cooperatives and secondly to identify what makes new farmers to participate (or not) in Agricultural Cooperatives. Both research questions will advance the knowledge of policy-makers and practitioners of new farmers’ expectations and perceptions and through them, to come to distinctive conclusions about the measures and the actions that are needed in order to promote agricultural cooperatives as a viable solution for new entrants in the agricultural sector. For this reason, a survey took place in different regions of Greece (northern, central, and southern) during an educational course designed for new farmers. More specifically, a structured questionnaire was developed and distributed among 250 young farmers participating in the measure 112 ‘Setting up of young farmers’ (Common Agricultural Policy, Pillar II). The results of the survey indicate low trust to cooperative organization leading to low rates of active participation and commitment to agricultural cooperatives.
Greece, New Entrants, Cooperatives, Common Agricultural Policy.