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Practice of market price information system (MPIS) of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) in Nepal

Author Affiliations

  • 1Mewar University, Rajasthan, India
  • 2Faculty of Forestry, Agriculture Forestry University, Hetauda, Makawanpur, Nepal

Res. J. Agriculture & Forestry Sci., Volume 5, Issue (11), Pages 5-11, November,8 (2017)

Abstract

Normally, demand and supply function determines the price of goods which is monitored and finalized by the government or concerned authority. There is certain formal process of price determination and final price list is either published in online media or print media or displayed publically in notice board. The aim of this study was to identify the practice of market price information system of non-timber forest products in Nepal. The study was conducted in three geographic areas: High Mountain, Hill and Plain area comprising one district from each area. Total 466 usufructs were randomly selected for questionnaire survey and in-depth interview. The study was based on the cross-section descriptive design. The study found that the practice of price fixing and use of market price information system was very informal; people used to collect the information from one to one contact. Some of the organizations related to NTFPs have practiced to display the price list in website but very few visited the website for information because of the lack of trustworthiness in given information so concerned authority should ensure the reliability of information published in online media or displayed in notice board. Income of NTFPs was satisfactory. Usufructs can earn more if MPIS will be more effective.

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