Potential determinants of profits and market efficiency of potato market chains in Uganda

Harriet Kyomugisha (Institut für Agrarpolitik und Marktforschung, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany)
Johnny Mugisha (Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)
Christopher Sebatta (Department of Agribusiness and Natural Resource Economics, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda)

Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies

ISSN: 2044-0839

Publication date: 15 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The study aimed at understanding the level of inefficiencies in the potato market chain. Farmers sell potato to traders but continue to complain of limited market access and low profits. The purpose of this paper is to determine market efficiency and profits of the potato market chain, and factors that influence the profits.

Design/methodology/approach

The study focussed on potato farmers, traders and small-scale processors. It was conducted in Kabale and Mbale districts being the major potato producing areas in Uganda, and Kampala being a major potato market. Data were collected from 180 farmers, 60 traders and 32 small-scale processors. Descriptive and regression methods were used to analyse the data.

Findings

There were three major potato market chains and all were profitable and efficient. The farmer-buyer node was the most efficient (efficiencies of 128-159 per cent). The trader node efficiency ranged between 56 and 81 per cent. Sex of chain actor, group marketing, contract duration and distance to market were among the factors that affected profits.

Research limitations/implications

Processors considered were those operating on very small scale, hence results do not apply to large-scale processing. Consumers were not included but the data and results are adequate for the study objective.

Originality/value

This paper provides empirical information that serves as a basis to adopt market options for increased benefits to various chain actors.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are indebted to RUFORUM and DAAD for the financial support to complete this research. The authors also thank the NAADS personnel at the district and sub-county levels in the study area and all potato market chain actors for their cooperation. However, the views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the position of any of these organizations or persons. All errors in interpretation are the authors’ own.

Citation

Kyomugisha, H., Mugisha, J. and Sebatta, C. (2017), "Potential determinants of profits and market efficiency of potato market chains in Uganda", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, Vol. 7 No. 1, pp. 52-68. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-06-2015-0031

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