Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education
Volume No: 7|
ISSN: 0794 – 7860|
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Title: ANALYSIS OF STRUCTURE AND CONDUCT OF DATE-PALM MARKETING IN KATSINA STATE, NIGERIA
J. R. MANI1 , Z. ABDULSALAM2 ANDM. A. DAMISA2
1NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION RESEARCH AND LIAISON SERVICES, A.B.U. ZARIA.
2DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS AND RURAL SOCIOLOGY, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, A.B.U. ZARIA
The study examined the structure and conduct of date-palm marketing using structured questionnaire administered to 112 randomly selected date-palmmarketers in Katsina State. Data was analyzed using two measures of concentration; Gini coefficient and Concetration ratio were used to determine the structure of the market.The gini coefficient analysis showed that there is a high level of inequality in buyer/seller concentration among the importers (0.52), and retailers (0.56), and low concentration among the wholesalers (0.47).A concentration ratio of 38.8% indicated a weak oligopolistic structured market. Majority of the marketers rely on family or personal sources for finance, they attend apprenticeship under family members, they do not collude to fix prices. The study recommended the provision of appropriate storage facilities, loans and physical market facilities in the area especially by the associations and formal credit institutions such as Bank of Agriculture (BOA), as well as increasing local production to produce marketable surpluses that will reduce the high rate of importation and all year round availability of fresh date-palm fruits. Also individuals, trade unions should establish market information units and also take advantage of cooperative trade.