The Role of Policy and Industry Structure in India's Oilseed Markets
by Suresh Persaud
and Maurice Landes
Economic Research Report No. (ERR-17) 58 pp, April 2006
This report reviews recent developments in India's oilseed sector and assesses the implications of current and potential future policy reforms for the oilseed sector. Extensive policy intervention continues to affect oilseed production, trade, and processing in India. Findings suggest that India's current policy of high tariffs on oilseeds and oil affords little benefit to oilseed producers and imposes high costs on consumers. A reduction in oilseed barriers would encourage processors in India to boost capacity utilization using imported oilseeds, resulting in lower processing costs, and increased net revenues and employment. It would also afford U.S. soybean producers an opportunity for exports.
Keywords: India, oilseeds and products, soybeans, trade policy
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