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TO MARKET, TO MARKET…

A market has two identities: size and character. The size is decided by the volume of business done. The character depends on, in addition to the volume, the quality of products bought and sold, and how rich or poor its average buyer and seller is. A market in a village can have a big turnover, which could be as much as that of a supermarket in a metro, or even more. The business done in tendu leaves in a market at an interior village, for instance, often runs into millions of rupees. Its importance to the economy is certainly no less than that of the city super bazaars. On it depends the fate of thousands of growers, traders, stockists, users, the people who form the country's largest constituency. However, it generally ...

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