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close this bookHandling, Processing and Marketing of Fish in Bangladesh - Part 1 (NRI)
close this folderSection 3: The marketing of fish for domestic consumption
View the document3.1 Trade flows
View the document3.2 Marketing channels
View the document3.3 Marketing margins
View the document3.4 Marketing infrastructure
View the document3.5 Handling and transport
View the document3.6 Losses
View the document3.7 Government intervention in fisheries marketing
View the document3.8 The role of co-operatives in fish marketing
View the document3.9 Conclusions: Market efficiency

3.9 Conclusions: Market efficiency

On the basis of analyses by Sabur and Rahman (1979) and Ahmed (1983), and the authors' own observations, the following conclusions can be reached concerning the efficiency of fish marketing in Bangladesh:

(a) There is a widespread belief that middlemen are only exploiting fishermen and that they should be 'eliminated' from the marketing system. However it is found that the profits of fish traders are not extraordinarily high considering the perishable nature of the product. At the same time it does not appear that either parastatals or the co-operative movement can perform the same service at lower costs.

(b) Notwithstanding this general comment, there is scope for increased competition in marketing, particularly at the assembly phase, where the bargaining position between fishermen and middlemen is often very unequal due to financial dependency, poor communications with markets, lack of ice, etc. The existence of a closed shop among aratdars in some major wholesale markets is also indicative of lack of competition.

(c) Lack of adequate marketing infrastructure, lack of ice and other major deficiencies in the system of physical handling give rise to serious qualitative deterioration, demonstrated both by the downgrading of fresh fish and conversion of the same into cured products. Such problems are most serious in remote fishing communities.