The New Mafen Cooperative of pineapple farmers gathered with enthusiasm at the Vanuatu Cooperatives on February 7 to collect their payments for their services with the Vanuatu Cooperative Business Network (VCBN).
VCBN General Manger Jack Loughman thanked the 27 members of the New Mafen association who attended the meeting to receive their payments for the amount of physical and social effort they have shown in producing goods that can meet the Federation’s standard requirements.
Director of Cooperatives, Ridley Joseph joined the meeting as the first over the newly and formerly elected directors to step into office after their appointments.
“This displays an act of commitment, showing his full support for the New Mafen Association,” GM Loughman stated.
Director Ridley was pleased to embark on a journey which began from earning farmers’ trust, to building a cooperative together and to making sure both parties are satisfied at the end of the day.
“Our journey will not end here, we have come far and with many achievements,” he said.
“Our next target is getting processed pineapple juice stored on shelves within our markets.
“But we won’t stop there, in time we may broaden our expertise into exporting our goods to other countries. So we can advertise our goods to the world.”
VCBN has worked closely with the Ministry of Agriculture during the first implementation of the New Mafen Cooperative and will continue to work into future prospects.