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A Decision-Oriented Market Information System for Forest Products in India

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 651-661 in Proceedings of the World Congress of Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (13-15, March 2002, Iguacu Falls, Brazil)  701P0301.(doi:10.13031/2013.8394)
Authors:   Vasant P. Gandhi
Keywords:   Marketing, Decision Support System, Forestry Application, Information

There has been a sharp increase in the demand and prices of forest products in India. Yet many agencies report large unsold stocks of different forest products. Large processors are unable to get sufficient quantities of raw materials but forest product gatherers often cannot sell what they have gathered. This indicates frequent mis-match between supply and demand of forest products, and is substantially due to lack of good market information with both suppliers and buyers for decision-making. This study, based on primary survey data, first identifies the decision-making needs of different players in the market for forest products. It then develops, based on a conceptual framework, a decision-oriented market information system for a selected set of forest products. The information system to be enabled by computers and internet will source market information locally as well as nationally and internationally, process and analyze it, and disseminate it widely to private parties including gatherers, growers, processors, traders, and buyers, and government decision-makers. It will lead to better decision-making, and help reduce the mis-match between supply and demand.

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