Market Information Systems
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CTA. 1997. Market Information Systems. Spore 71. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Norman Chipakupaku of IMPI Agricultural Limited, Chipata, CP Zambia 'Your Spore 69 article Market information systems: empowering the private sector came at the most appropriate time for Zambian readers. The whole chain from the producer,...
Norman Chipakupaku of IMPI Agricultural Limited, Chipata, CP Zambia 'Your Spore 69 article Market information systems: empowering the private sector came at the most appropriate time for Zambian readers. The whole chain from the producer, researcher, extension officer, transporter, processor and finally consumer has to be a well-organized network. However, for such a system to work, there is need for a proper market information system which, in my view, should not only empower 'the private sector' in genera) but the farmer in particular. It is unfortunate that in many African countries currently undergoing both structural adjustments and marketing reforms, like Zambia, the marketing information systems are only empowering the traders. In Zambia, the farmer who has no access to both the radio and television, often sells his/her crop far below the cost of production. In times of shortages the poor farmer still sells his/her crop below the import price, the traders take advantage of these farmers' ignorance and buy cheap and self at inflated prices.' Norman Chipakupaku also wrote that the Spore 69 article New success with organic pesticides was very timely. 'Only recently on my routine extension programmes, I asked three small-scale farmers to multiply the Jatropha curcas seeds. According to the farmers, their children play with the seed to light their toy cars at night. When I told them that the University of Zimbabwe had a project to extract oil from the Jatropha curcas they planted more. Now is the time to tell them the pesticide story from CTA.'