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Milk Marketing Chains in Bihar: Implications for Dairy Farmers and Traders


  • Kumar, Anjani


The study has addressed the issues associated with the alternative milk market chains and their implications on dairy farmers and traders. It has been conducted in Bihar, where modern milk market chains especially the milk co-operatives have grown significantly. The study has shown that in spite of growing presence of modern milk supply chains, the traditional milk supply chain is still dominant. The empirical evidence does not appear to support the perceptions of exploitative nature of the traditional milk market agents. Traditional milk processing seems to offer good opportunities for the small and resource-poor milk producers and traders to enhance their income. The traditional milk sector should be addressed in a constructive manner and the policies should be evolved which would allow informal players improve their performance including quality control and their integration with the emerging modern milk supply chains.

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  • Kumar, Anjani, 2010. "Milk Marketing Chains in Bihar: Implications for Dairy Farmers and Traders," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 23(2010).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:aerrae:96922

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    1. Kumar, Anjani & Staal, Steven J., 0. "Is traditional milk marketing and processing viable and efficient? An empirical evidence from Assam, India," Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, vol. 49.
    2. Kumar, Anjani & Staal, Steven J. & Baltenweck, Isabelle & Lapar, Lucy L., 2010. "Traditional Milk Market in Assam: Potential for Income and Employment Generation," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 65(4).
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    1. Kumar, Anjani & Saroj, Sunil & Takeshima, Hiroyuki & Joshi, Pramod Kumar, 2018. "Does cooperative membership improve household welfare? Evidence from a panel data analysis of smallholder dairy farmers in Bihar, India:," IFPRI discussion papers 1703, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Jan Fałkowski & Agata Malak-Rawlikowska & Dominika Milczarek-Andrzejewska, 2013. "Determinants and Consequences of Participating in a Restructured Supply Chain: the Experience of the Dairy Sector in Poland," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 34.
    3. Kumar, Anjani & Shinoj, P. & Jee, Shiv, 2013. "Do Dairy Co-operatives Enhance Milk Production, Productivity and Quality? Evidences from the Indo-Gangetic Plain of India," Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Indian Society of Agricultural Economics, vol. 68(3).
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