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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 19 Extracts

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 19 Extracts The price of rice: exploring the meaning behind the data Actual price during the peak harvest season though low was relatively stable during the period May to July. However, a more sudden This extract originates from a 3 month field drop was indicated for the same period by study carried out under the auspices of ICRA1 farmers who constructed the calendars using and Ministry of Agriculture, Research and beans. Heated debate revealed the reason Training, Uyole in the Southern Highlands of behind this difference. Tanzania. The study site was in Kyela district, where farming systems are dominated by a The group who gave the actual price of rice single rice based cropping pattern. Revenue were basing their estimates on the prices in from rice sales accounts for 20-45% of local markets, whereas those constructing the household income according to proportional calendar of relative prices were basing it on pie diagrams constructed by farmers. One of prices received at the farm gate. During the the issues that dominated our discussions was peak harvest season traders come from outside farmers' concerns over the low selling price of the area and buy up rice in ...

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