The economics of cowpea marketing in Nigeria

Ejiga, N.O.O. and Robinson, K.L. (1981) The economics of cowpea marketing in Nigeria. Other. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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The study describes and evaluates the traditional marketing system for cowpeas in Nigeria. The channels and participants identified show that the system effectively links the surplus producing areas and the deficit areas of the country. The distribution system shows a high degree of organization and specialization among middlemen which is contrary to the general belief that the system lacks organization. Storage appears to be adequate even though the quality might be deficient. Damage loss and interest costs account for a high proportion of total storage costs. A decision rule was tested to determine whether it would be profitable to acquire stocks every year during the month in which prices average the lowest, over a period of years, and to sell in the month in which prices reach their highest level. Results indicate that, on average, stocks should be held about eight months to achieve maximum gains...

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: Senior Lecturer/Senior Research Fellow, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Subjects: Social Sciences > Marketing
Crop Improvement
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 05:56
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2012 05:56

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