Associations are very good and it is important for every farmer to be in an association because they help a lot. There could be many associations and so choosing the best one that you know their objectives well and how they work is very important. As a citrus grower, you shouldn’t stay out of a group of other people who are practicing the same because by joining such a group you will benefit a lot. Ensure that the association you are joining is valid though being registered and recognized for you to reap its benefits. There are several reasons you need to ensure that you are in a citrus growers association and here are some of them.
You get educated on the best farming methods. When you join an association, you become a better farmer because they will hold meetings that will address your issues and will help you to know how to go about the farming process. You are also able to get to understand the best type of citrus that you can plan as well and that will produce more yields. Besides, you are able to know how to deal with various issues that affect citrus and this will help you to be prepared in advance in case there is a season you are expecting some challenges. These are some of the education that you can’t get somewhere else unless you are in an association.
Another good thing with a citrus association is that you get a better market for your citrus. Farming is something that can be hectic if you do not have a market. It is very crucial when you have a ready market because that way you will not get losses. Considering that there is a time within which the citrus is supposed to be out of the garden, its god to make sure that you have a ready market. Besides, your citrus will be priced well because you have an association that will fight for your rights in case they are being violated. It will be easier to push a point when you are many than when you are an individual.
Also, being in an association helps you to know how to manage your work. There are times when you will be needed to attend meetings and have known this, you will be required to make your activities well for you to afford that time and also to attend the meetings on time. This is something that you can’t know if it were not for the association. These management skills are good even in your farming activities for that is the only way you can be able to do things in the right way.
It is good to be in a group that can help you any time you have any issue because that is an easy way to get justice as compared to when you channel your problems at a personal level, besides, you will also know that there are other people facing the same issue which will help you to share ideas.