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Title:Periodic rural markets in borno, north-east nigeria
Author:Porter, G.
Periodical:Annals of Borno
Geographic term:Northern Nigeria
Abstract:This paper examines the historical evolution and present structure of the periodic market system in four rural districts - Auno, Mafa, Konduga, and Maiduguri - in Borno, northeast Nigeria. A questionnaire survey of traders carried out in 1977-1978 in 35 markets allows detailed observations about the economic and social characteristics of the markets and their daily working. It is concluded that rural periodic markets in this region are essentially local institutions. The system of periodic marketing has altered little over the past century or more and response to changing conditions (especially the transport developments of recent years) has been slow. This is attributed largely to the sparsity of professional itinerant traders in these markets. Some suggestions are made as to the way in which change might be accelerated and the perpetuation of current uneconomic conditions prevented. Notes, ref.