UTILISING AGRICULTURAL COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION IN ENUGU STATE
This work was carried out to determine the needs to allow the agriculture cooperative societies to be fully involved in poverty alleviation since other means have failed in their quests to alleviate poverty, the roles that cooperative societies play in alleviating poverty,
the strategies that agricultural cooperative society will adopt in alleviating poverty and the
level to which the agricultural cooperative society, contributed in alleviating poverty in Enugu State Nigeria. This was done through the use of questionnaires that were distributed to members of an agricultural cooperative society with the help of their officials. The responses were accordingly analyzed, interpreted in tabular form and finally, were discussed. The researchers found among other things, that agricultural co-operative
societies aidfarmers in marketing their farm produce atfair prices, encourage thrift saving
as well as make soft loan available to members. Conclusively, formation of agricultural cooperative society is the sure way of eradicating the menace of poverty in our society. In
recommendation, Nigeria government should partner with the agricultural cooperative societies to not only alleviate poverty but eradicate it by providing funds, professional advice and encouragement to agricultural cooperative societies in the country.