Farming of citrus fruits can be an exciting experience if you have access to all the information required when growing citrus fruits and also a ready market for the products. Citrus growers associations are created to help citrus farmers to get reliable information that will help them produce the best citrus fruits in their region, fight for better prices and also ensure there is a steady market for the produce. There are several associations that are claiming to be fighting for the interests of citrus farmers which is hard to believe unless you use informative criteria to identify a reliable one. This article will discuss some of the factors to consider when joining a citrus growers association.
It is important that you factor in the registration of the association before joining it. There are several citrus growing groups that are branding themselves as associations yet they are not registered. You need to consider joining an association of citrus growers which is duly registered and licensed to operate as an association. The association should display their registration certificate as well as their operating license for every wishing to join them to see them. They should also have a registered office that is abiding with the law of the land governing farmers’ associations. Registering yourself in an association whose credibility is questionable can have undesirable effects such as lack of grants given to farmers and subsidies among other benefits that come to farmers from registered associations.
It is also important that you factor in the reputation of the association in the market it has been operating. The reputation of an association is essential when considering to join one. You can visit several webpages of different citrus growers associations and view their reviews from farmers who have been members and those who are still there. This is an easier way of telling more about the image of an association. A reliable citrus growers association should have a clean image in the farmers market it has operated. You can also enquire from your fellow citrus growing farmers and know the associations they are in and ask about the quality of services they receive. Ensure you get the value of your money that you invest in the association as a membership fee by getting quality services.
Finally, you should consider the membership fee. It is important that you consider looking at the different charges for membership in different citrus growing associations. The membership fee is structured differently depending on the policies of the association. Some associations will charge their membership fees on an annual basis while some will base theirs on monthly charges. These rates will differ from one association to another. You should, therefore, consider getting different rates that are charged by several associations, examine the rates and make an ideal selection that meets your requirements. It is important that you ensure you get the value of your membership fees that you are paying. This means you should also look at the reliability of the association. In as much as the fee is a matter to be considered, be careful not to compromise on the quality of the services of the association because of low fees charged as membership fees.