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Title:Bananas and the Dar es Salaam market
Authors:Mbilinyi, Simon M.
Mascarenhas, A.C.ISNI
Periodical:Eastern Africa Journal of Rural Development
Geographic term:Tanzania
Abstract:The increasing importance of bananas (emphasis is on cooking bananas and in less detail ripe bananas) in the diet of the people of Dar es Salaam and its predominance at the Kariakoo market led to the decision to make this study. This paper examines the sources of supply of bananas, the people involved in the trade, the flow and demand of this crop, price fluctuations, and finally analyses the economics of the crop in relation to the city government and the people involved in the trade. Problems pertaining to the marketing of the crop are also considered and some suggestions regarding the city marketing policies are made. Sections: Introduction -Source areas - The rural market - Transport costs - The stall holders - Supply and demand - Variation in supplies - Wholesale price variations - Total values - Retail trade - Prices paid to growers - Prices paid to traders (wholesale at Dar es Salaam market) - Costs and margins - Margins or profits - Summary. Notes, tables, figures, graph.