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Table 3 Benefits of cooperative membership for meat producers

From: Farmers’ self-reported value of cooperative membership: evidence from heterogeneous business and organization structures

   % of members
Statement on the benefits provided by the cooperative Average Significant Neutral Insignificant
1. The cooperative offers a stable market channel. 4.2 83 12 5
2. Membership secures the marketing of all of my production.a 4.1 78 15 7
3. As a member of the cooperative, I have better possibilities to expand my agricultural production. 3.4 46 38 16
4. The cooperative operates in the nearby region. 3.4 48 36 16
5. The cooperative offers good services to the members. 3.3 46 37 17
6. The cooperative pays a competitive producer price. 3.8 63 22 15
7. I gain other, non-pecuniary benefits from the cooperative. 3.2 42 37 21
8. Producers benefit from a good bargaining position through the cooperative. 3.3 45 37 19
9. Cooperative capital is an attractive investment instrument. 3.5 58 26 16
10. Membership provides me taxation gains. 3.4 46 36 18
11. Membership provides me control in the governance of the cooperative. 3.0 34 35 30
12. As a member, I have an opportunity to influence business decisions that promote my own business. 3.2 45 31 25
13. As a member, I have an opportunity to carry out work that supports the community. 3.1 37 37 26
  1. Question: What does cooperative membership mean to you? Indicate on scale of 1 to 5 for each of the statements how important the factors are to your membership. (5 = very important … 1 = not at all important)
  2. aThe wording of statement 2 in the meat producer version of the survey slightly differs from the milk producer version. The statement is, however, intended to convey the same meaning as close as possible. All other statements are the same