An Alumna Writes…
LAPENKOP Dekopin of North Sumatra
Although we tend to view Japan as an industrialized country, its agricultural cooperatives known as JA have made remarkable progress and are unparalleled cooperative organization. They have contributed greatly to the improvement of members' income and development of rural communities. They owe their success to having laid emphasis on human resource development, as is expressed on the conviction in the cooperative that the movement begins with education and ends with education.
JA extends the so-called from-cradleto-the grave services not only to members but also to local residents. Its operations are wide-ranging, from marketing, purchasing, credit, mutual insurance and welfare activities. In addition, there is what is known as the JA Group, which is three-tiered as it consists of primary cooperatives, unions and business federations at prefectural level and at national level. The group operates with the guiding principle, Members are JA's protagonists.
Indonesian cooperatives should modestly and seriously learn from Japanese cooperative activities.
Finally, I would like to say that I was impressed with how meticulously IDACA is administered by a small but efficient staff, and I wish for its further development.