ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Relative Profitability from Production and Trade

Based on the results of a two-year market survey, this paper studies the phenomenon of low prices received by potato farmers in West Bengal even as traders make huge profits. The paper argues that the differential profit earned by producers and traders, especially large traders, is due to the informational advantage enjoyed by the latter and suggests the formation of small sellers' cooperatives to ensure proper flow of information.

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