Problems of tomato marketing in Claveria, Northern Mindanao, Philippines : the role of farmers' associations : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Agricultural Economics at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
The role of farmers' association in tomato marketing cannot be underemphasised. Previous studies revealed that total production of tomatoes from the Northern Mindanao growers were distributed to agents, assembler-wholesalers, cooperatives or farmers' associations wholesalers, wholesaler-retailers and retailers. A considerable proportion of tomatoes (25%) were directed to cooperatives or farmers' association. The study surveyed two farmers' associations (UFCI and CPFA) and non-member growers with the objectives of examining the problems perceived by growers in marketing tomatoes, exploring the perceived problems of the associations and presenting the efforts of two farmers' associations in overcoming these problems. It is concluded that contract selling should be considered by UFCI while CPFA should investigate its present contract agreement. A continuous member education programme (e.g. twice a year) and the encouragement to attend open discussion sessions are important suggestions to improve the performance of the associations.