BIM24715 - Mutual trading & members clubs: mutual associations: specific activities: agricultural co-operatives: model constitution
Drawn up by what is now ‘Food for Britain’
What was formerly the Central Council for Agricultural and Horticultural Co-operation and is now ‘Food for Britain’ has drawn up a model constitution and set of rules for bodies which are set up with the intention of conducting business on mutual terms, which meet the requirements in BIM24020. The model constitution and rules provides that:
- only members may enjoy the facilities of the services provided by the co-operative;
- if the co-operative is a marketing agency, it sells on behalf of the growers, and ownership of the produce never passes to the co-operative;
- the member contracts to market a given quantity of produce through the co-operative, or to provide a given quantity for processing;
- any surplus may be distributed to the members in proportion to the business they have done with the co-operative in recent years.