Food Corporation of India and the Public Distribution System: Impacts on Market Integration in Wheat, Rice, and Pearl Millet

We examine the spatial integration of wheat, rice and pearl millet in the Indian states of Bihar, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh after the reforms of 2002 which liberalized inter-state trade. Our data represent a large share oflndia's cereal grains. The government regulates markets for staple foods heavily; almost all grain is marketed through government licensed markets that impose a price floor. This could discourage private investment in storage capacity among farmers and traders, impacting market integration. We find little evidence of market integration despite the 2002-03 reforms, and this fragmentation is particularly notable for smaller, and less regulated crops.


Editor(s):
Epperson, James
Escalante, Cesar
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Issue Date:
2012-2012-2012
Publication Type:
Journal Article
ISSN:
0738-8950
Language:
English
Published in:
Journal of Agribusiness, Volume 30, Number 2




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