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Study of Market Concentration and Inequality Measures in Nontimber Forest Products (NTFPs): A Case of Harar (Terminalia chebula)

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2017, Volume : 13, Issue : 4
First page : ( 773) Last page : ( 778)
Print ISSN : 2277–5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2017.00244.X

Study of Market Concentration and Inequality Measures in Nontimber Forest Products (NTFPs): A Case of Harar (Terminalia chebula)

Guleria Amit1,,*, Sharma Ravinder2, Sharma Subhash3, Guleria Chandresh3

1Ph. D. Research Scholar, Department of Social Sciences, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan-173 230 (Himachal Pradesh)

2Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan-173 230 (Himachal Pradesh)

3Assistant Professors, Department of Social Sciences, Dr. Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Solan-173 230 (Himachal Pradesh)

*Corresponding author’s email: amitguleria1201@gmail.com

Online published on 13 December, 2017.

Abstract

Non-timber forest products (NTFPs) provide employment for tens of millions of rural Indians who would otherwise be forced to migrate in search of jobs as agricultural labourers or marginal urban job seekers. The present investigation aims to examine, the study of market concentration and inequality measures in Non-timber forest products (NTFPs): A case of Harar (Terminalia chebula). A sample of 50 farmers each from Sirmour and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh and; besides this, 20 other market functionaries from the Amritsar market were also selected for the study. The Gini Concentration Ratios for green Harar and dried Harar was 0.40 and 0.16 respectively and relative mean deviation (RMD) was found 0.183 and 0.20 in case of green and dried Harar respectively and indicating that there exists a high degree of competitiveness for dried Harar as well as for green Harar in Amritsar market which means market for both types of the products is competitive. The coefficient of variation (CV) in the case of green Harar was found 0.43 as compared to 0.51 in case of dried Harar. The value of entropy index for green Harar was found 0.97 and for dried Harar 0.94.