MAPPING MAIZE VALUE CHAINS IN TELANGANA
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Value chains have always been in existence in agriculture in the sense that farms carried out production and the finalÂ consumer accessed the produce, with the produce being passed through several intermediaries. Maize which is regarded as theÂ â€œQueen of Cerealsâ€ and second most important cereal crop across the world can be seen with consumption base in three important
categories i.e., feed, food and industrial. With the diversified end uses, maize industry in India is being dominated by many playersÂ viz., farmers, aggregators/traders, processors (Feed industry/Starch industry) and consumers (Poultry industry/Food or feedÂ industry. With existence of several small farms posing challenges in terms of highly dispersed collection of produce, transportÂ arrangements, and quality assurance mechanisms, mapping the channels through which maize gets routed has been considered
as an important means to know the deficiencies and thereby propose corrective measures. With this background, the presentÂ investigation was conducted to know the channels through which maize was routed amongst various value chain partners in maizeÂ in four districts of Telangana.