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An Economic Analysis of Okra Marketing in Siddipet District of Telangana

, Ali Baba, R. Vijaya Kumari

Abstract:Aim: The present study aims to analyse the marketing pattern of okra in Siddipet district of Telangana state. Study Design: Only primary data was used for carrying out the study and it pertained to the kharif season of the agricultural year 2019-20. 3 mandals were purposively selected from Siddipet district and from each mandal 2 villages were selected, thus making a total of 6 villages. From each village, 9 okra growers were randomly chosen to collect the primary data through personal interview. In addition, a sample of 7 wholesalers, 7 commission agents, 13 retailers were also chosen randomly for obtaining the data required for carrying out the present study. Methodology: Marketing costs, margins, producer’s net price, producer’s share in consumer’s rupee, price spread and marketing efficiency were computed to analyze the data. Results: Three channels were found for the marketing of the produce viz., Channel 1 (Producer – Consumer), Channel 2 (Producer – Retailer – Consumer) and Channel 3 (Producer – Commission agent – Wholesaler – Retailer – Consumer). Among the various identified channels, Channel 1 was found to be the efficient one with the highest marketing efficiency index of 21.22 followed by channel 2 and channel 3 with indices of 3.18 and 1.08 respectively. Conclusion: Reduction in the number of market intermediaries between producer and consumer could improve the efficiency of marketing of okra.
Keywords: okra / Siddipet district / marketing efficiency / villages / Telangana / mandals / price / chosen

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