An Economic Analysis of the Production and Marketing Aspects of Grape Cultivation in Theni District, Tamil Nadu
This primary study exposes that Theni district in Tamil Nadu leads with 82.57% share of total production of grape in the year 2004-05. In a season, the production of small farmers per acre is 5,484 kg, which is relatively higher than the medium and large farmers. Further, it is evident that wholesalers, commission agents and retailers are involved in the purchase of grapes from the farmers. In this study, the farmers report that they are facing the problems like lack of remunerative price for their product and protecting the grape vineyard from the diseases; where as the traders complain that there are no adequate infrastructural facilities such as road, transportation, cold storage, etc. Therefore, the authors suggest certain measures such as opening agricultural clinics for the effective pest management and productivity of the vineyard, provision of cold storages, support prices for grapes, procurement centers to purchase grapes from the farmers for export. Furthermore, training for the proper post harvest handling of grapes, establishment of information board by the traders to avoid price differentials, provision of bank loans to the cultivators and traders, etc., are some steps in this direction.
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Volume (Year): IV (2007)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
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