The co-operative farming model has proved itself to be the most resilient in the tough times that agriculture has faced, and farms across the country are reaping the benefits.
When the primary producers at Western Australia’s Sweeter Banana were setting up their banana co-operative, there was initial resistance, even arguments in the warehouse. But the proof is in the (banana) pudding. Business Manager Doriana Mangili is blunt: they wouldn’t have survived if they weren’t a co-operative.
They’ve dealt with increased competition, cyclones and geographic isolation, but Sweeter Banana has not only remained profitable, the co-operative has pioneered the lunchbox banana market and built a future for its farmers and community. All through sticking together and thinking differently.
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North Queensland Register, 11 February 2021