Citrus fruits growing is one of the best ways to earn income that will take your family and financial growth to the next level. Not just this growing if citrus fruits will not just earn you a regular income but it will make it possible for you to enjoy farming as well as feeding the society with some of the healthiest fruits. This can, however, be a challenge for those farmers who do not have access to the right growing tips as well as a ready market. This is actually the case for some farmers in Florida. When the experts say this they came up with the idea of initiating citrus fruit growers” association that would help farmers access the right farming education as well as fetch the bet markets for their produce.
However, the idea has the best motives for farmers but there are those who came in and ruined the intention of these associations. As such you will come across many associations claiming to be in the best interest of farmers only to realize that they continue to exploit farmers even when the government is doing all it can to help citrus fruits growers access good prices always. As a result, you will need to look at the association that you join keenly just to ensure your joining it will bring more good than bad to your farming. Here are important decisions that you will make and what you will consider in the various organizations that you will be interested in.
First, the registration of the association before joining it will be important. If you have been in this market for a long time you must have a-come across many groups of farmers known to rebrand themselves and calling themselves associations. The only way a group of farmers can qualify to be an association is by getting registered as one. So do not join an association that is not clear about its registration details.
When you join such an organization you may not be protected when they steal your money since the directors may be hard to get. Besides the agreements you make with unregistered associations may not be legally binding. What is more the cost of joining them may actually be more than joining a well-registered association of citrus growers. Since there are some associations that have gone through all the registration requirements, you do not need to risk your money by joining a group that is not registered.
Second check the recent performance of the association in the market. The reputation of your association should be excellent and you must ensure that the members who are there are proud of the association. In most cases, members will be unhappy with their associations when these associations fail to help them fetch the best price for their products. In this case, you will check how happy the members are with the association. The best way is approaching a number of members and they will tell you what it feels like to be a member of the association and how the performance has been in the current market.