“Evaluation of the Impact of the Activities of Middlemen on Prices of Agricultural Products”.

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“EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF THE ACTIVITIES OF MIDDLEMEN ON PRICES OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS”. A case study of the sale of cassava at Tema
Community One Market

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page Declaration………………………………………………………………………………….... i Dedication……………………………………………………………………………………. ii Acknowledgement…………………………………………………………………………… iii Table of Contents……………………………………………………………. ……………... iv Abstract……………………………………………………………………………………… vi

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION………………………………………………….. 1 1.1Background to the Study……………………………………………………………. 1 1.2Objective of the Study………………………………………………………………. 3 1.3Significance of the Study…………………………………………………………… 4 1.4Organization of the Study…………………………………………………………… 5 CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW………………………………………….. 6 2.0 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………… 6 2.1 Activities / Roles of Middlemen in the Distribution of Agricultural Produce…………………………………………………………………. 6 2.2 Impact of the Activities of Middlemen on Farmers………………………………….. 7 2.3 Impact of the Activities of Middlemen on the

Prices of Agricultural Produce………………………………………………………... 8

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY………………………………. 11 3.0 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………… 11 3.1 Objective Sample and Population…………………………………………………… 11 3.2 Statistical Instrument………………………………………………………………….. 11 3.3 Design and Mode of Selection………………………………………………………… 12 3.4 Analysis of Data………………………………………………………………….. ….. 12 3.5 Limitation of the Research…………………………………………………………… 13

CHAPTER FOUR: ANALYSIS OF RESULTS………………………………………. 14 4.0 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………… 14 4.1 Economic Activities of Middlemen and Food Pricing……………………………….. 17 4.2 When and How Middlemen Change the Prices of

Their Commodity (Cassava)………………………………………………………….. 28

CHAPTER FIVE: FINDINGS, SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND
RECOMMENDATIONS…………………………………………………………………. 32 5.0 Introduction ………………………………………………………………………….. 32 5.1 Source and Supply of Commodity…………………………………………………… 32 5.2 Determinants of Commodity Pricing………………………………………………… 32 5.3 Standards and Frequency of Pricing…………………………………………………. 33 5.4 Challenges Encountered by Middlemen……………………………………………… 33 5.5 Summary and Conclusion……………………………………………………………. 34 5.6 Recommendations……………………………………………………………………. 34 Appendix 1: References……………………………………………………………… 36 Appendix2: Questionnaire………………………………………………………......... 37

ABSTRACT

Farmers (producers) and consumers are affected by the problem of price changes in agricultural products. The effects of these price changes on producers and consumers have been linked to other agencies involved in the production and distribution of basic agricultural products. The activities of these agencies have been identified as one of the major determinants of agricultural produce prices. This has most often than not resulted in farmers’ getting low prices for their produce and consumers paying more than the fair price in recent times.

The findings of this study indicate that various factors including the source and supply of cassava, challenges middlemen encounter in the supply of cassava such as access roads to farm lands which often results in huge charges by transport owners, and the distance covered in travelling to farm land for purchase of cassava among others have in one way or the other contributed significantly to the frequent changes in prices of cassava at the Tema Community One market.

Several policy implications emerged from this study. Notable among them is the need for government to set up...
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