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Agricultural Marketing System and Adthidars

The conditions that the authors of “Commission Agent System: Significance in Contemporary Agricultural Economy of Punjab” (EPW, 7 November 2015) recount also hold true of other states. In Telangana, the commission agents, adthidars, virtually control agrarian markets. Some solution must be found to streamline agricultural marketing doing away with these middlemen.

These adthidars control the entire marketing system of all crops leading to buying output from farmers and reselling it in various other markets. They advance loans for crops and if the crop fails, it leads to indebtedness. This system is most prevalent in districts where commercial crops such as cotton, maize, pulses, turmeric and chilly are grown. As Daniel and Alice Thorner once pointed out, it is also important to know the local names of these systems and research them better to find policy solutions.

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