Potato Traders in West Bengal: A Survey of Contractual Relations and Market Structure

  • Blog Post Date 01 December, 2012
  • IGC Research on India
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Dilip Mookherjee

Boston University

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Alberto Motta

University of New South Wales

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Sujata Visaria

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

This study consists of a pilot survey of a random subset of phorias (middlemen) and larger traders who operate in 72 villages of West Medinipur and Hugli districts in West Bengal and their corresponding potato markets. The goal of the study is to understand the nature of contractual relations between farmers and phorias on the one hand, and between phorias and wholesale traders that they sell to, on the other hand.

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