Margins in Fish Trade and Need for Cooperative Marketing in India Public Deposited

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  • The harvesting strategies in open access marine fishery and marketing patterns of marine products have undergone rapid structural changes in the post liberalisation era of the Indian Economy. There is a continuous increase in demand and price of the fish both in domestic and export markets and the thrust on exports mainly led to growth of seafood industry. The present paper briefly highlights (i) the fishermens’ share in consumer’s rupee for commercially important varieties of fish in private and cooperative marketing channels (ii) the distribution pattern of consumer’s rupee to the producers and middlemen and (iii) comparative advantages of cooperative fish marketing in ensuring remunerative price for the fisherfolk. Fish marketing in India is characterised by monopsony and oligopsony conditions and hence, the fishermen are unable to get maximum advantage of high price prevalent in the consumer markets. It is seen that hardly 5 % of the fish is traded through fishermens’ organisations or cooperatives and the rest by private marketing channels. The fishermens’ share in consumer’s rupee ranges from 30 to 70 percent for different varieties in private marketing channels whereas it is 60 to 80 percent in fish marketing carried out by cooperatives. The study reveals that most of the existing malpractices can be avoided by revitalising the cooperative fish marketing system in India. Fisheries cooperatives can further provide substantial employment opportunities in coastal rural areas by involving itself in the preparation of value added products suitable for exports.
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  • Jino, S. Satheesh. 2006. Margins in Fish Trade and Need for Cooperative Marketing in India. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 11-14, 2006, Portsmouth, UK: Rebuilding Fisheries in an Uncertain Environment. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-3-1
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