Onion Price Change And Brokers Role: Challenges And Opportunities:Case Study Ruvu Remit Division In Simanjiro District, Tanzania

Ndukai, Mzee (2015) Onion Price Change And Brokers Role: Challenges And Opportunities:Case Study Ruvu Remit Division In Simanjiro District, Tanzania. Masters thesis, The Open University Of Tanzania.

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Abstract

Brokers are recognized as an important component of a distribution channel with the great role of making smallholder farmers access markets for selling the produce. The study observed both challenges and prospects on pricing of the onions. The focus was on market dynamics and the role of brokers in enhancing or destructing the required level of onion price, demand and supply for the onion produced at Ruvu Remit division. The current researcher set a topic on “Onions Price Change and Brokers Role: Challenges and Opportunities at Ruvu Remit Division in Simanjiro” to understand the concept of Brokerage across the market and its price mechanisms and market operations. The study applied mixed-method designs to collect the data from the field. The methods used include questionnaires, key informant interviews and observation. The study revealed that market information, loan provision, measurement and packing of onion and market price mechanism manipulated by the brokers to benefit from the produce, left the smallholder farmers not satisfied with the payment. The study recommended the following: The farmers from Tanzania should step into the EAC market and enjoy the benefit of low levies and good price offered by the market. The district government and NGOs in the area need to advertise the untapped financial investment opportunities to MFIs. The overfilling of the bags/lumbesa has been instituted by the brokers or buyers and makes themselves the primary beneficiaries of the crops instead of the farmers. The establishment of strong farmers association in connection with onion selling center contributes to the enforcement of using the weigh scales to have a weight that corresponds to the amount to be paid.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 658 Gerneral management
Divisions: Faculty of Business Management > Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 10:08
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2016 10:08
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/1435

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