The established cooperative will then buy fresh produce from registered cooperative members, who are the farmers or the partners registered within Neleya Eco Farm. We hope to reach several key milestones through this cooperative movement, including the addition of a fresh produce packaging program. This will enable the cooperative to add value to its member’s products around the island of Efate, where this project first began.
In the eighteen months Neleya Eco Farm has trialled this farming model, it has proven to be effective with positive returns to the farmers. In January 2018 alone, two separate farmers have earned approximately 300,000 Vanuatu Vatu each (approximately USD 2,500) by selling watermelons. These farmers have now employed additional workers to help them increase their output. At Neleya Eco Farm, we take great pride in being a part of success stories like these.