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The Role of Policy and Industry Structure in India's Oilseed Markets

  • Persaud, Suresh Chand
  • Landes, Maurice R.

High tariff and nontariff protection of the Indian oilseed sector imposes costs on consumers, supports an inefficient processing industry, and has led to negligible gains in oilseed output. Model-based simulations indicate that higher levels of protection would increase the burden on consumers, but do little to meet key policy goals of supporting producers and reducing import dependence. A shift to direct support of oilseed producer prices would increase output, but may be complex to implement and subject to WTO discipline. Liberalization of oilseed imports, by permitting large gains in processing efficiency, could generate a stream of benefits that would allow producers, consumers, and processors to be better off, and also improve the trade balance.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Research Report with number 7218.

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  1. Dev, S. Mahendra & Ravi, C. & Viswanathan, Brinda & Gulati, Ashok & Ramachander, Sangamitra, 2004. "Economic liberalisation targeted programmes and household food security," MTID discussion papers 68, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  2. Sudhir Chaudhary, 1997. "Government Intervention and Trends in the Indian Oilseeds Sector: An Analysis of Alternative Policy Scenarios," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 97-wp179, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
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