The New and Changing Roles of Cold Storages in the Potato Supply Chain in Bihar
Economics & Political Weekly, Vol. XLIX, No. 52, Dec. 27, 2014.
37 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2015
Date Written: December 27, 2014
There have been dramatic increases and rapid up-scaling of modern cold storages in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India and an area where smallholders dominate. These investments have been triggered by market reform, investment subsidies, and better overall public service provision and governance. Almost all potato farmers, small and large, participate in cold storages, the availability of cold storages is associated with improved efficiency in value chains because of lower wastages, and a number of these cold storages have become involved in input, output, and especially credit markets. The increasing availability of modern cold storages has therefore led to important changes in potato value chains, with significant implications for smallholders.
Keywords: Agri-food, Value chains, Cold storages, Bihar, India
JEL Classification: O1, O13, O33, O38, Q13, Q16, Q18
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