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The Study of Infrastructure Facilities and Farmers Awareness about the Functioning of Regulated Markets of APMC Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Volume 16 No. SS, 2020, 190-196
DOI: https://doi.org/10.35716/ijed/NS20-014
Indexed in Clarivate Analytics (ESCI) of WoS

Shailja Kumari1, Isha Sharma2, Lovepreet Singh2 and Surbhi Bansal2
1Department of Social Science, Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan-173230 (HP)
2Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141 004
Corresponding author’s email: eeshasharma.ishu@gmail.com

ABSTRACT
The results revealed that Bhuntar market was found to be the most developed on the basis of infrastructure development index (0.71) whereas Bandrol (0.15) market was least developed due to the reason that market is operational only during the peak season and there were no permanent sheds or shops for marketing of produce. It was found that all the sample farmers were selling their produce through regulated markets and the study showed that 56.67 percent of the farmers were well aware of these regulated markets. The most important motivating factor for preferring the regulated markets by the farmers was market information as 46.67 percent farmer preferred regulated markets because of this factor alone. As far as working of regulated markets was concerned that sample farmers were highly satisfied with physical functions related with producer’s welfare like provision of drinking water and toilets, farmer’s rest sheds, canteen and parking facility.

Keywords
Awareness, infrastructure, regulated market.

JEL Codes
Q13, Q18.

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