Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754

Full Length Research Paper

Organizing against market exploitation in Turkey: An analysis of wholesale markets, trade exchanges and producer organizations

Mevhibe Albayrak
Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara University, Ankara-Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 13 July 2010
  •  Published: 04 September 2010


Due to globalization, the actors in the agricultural product markets are changing. In fact, the market share and influence of multinational holdings on price formation is increasing. The strategic struggle involved in sharing the pie can be a source of exploitation of both small and insufficiently organized producers, marketers and the consumer. Efforts to obtain continuity and increase in the market share and unfair competition, as well as speculation and the increase in the concentration rate of some agricultural products on the markets can be considered as sources of exploitation on the market. In order to prevent the aforementioned, trade exchanges and wholesale market that act as exchanges, as well as producer’s organizations need to be powerful. This study aims to contribute to the elimination of exploitation factors that negatively affect the producer and consumer in the agricultural products markets by considering the current structure of wholesale markets, trade exchanges and producer organizations. Although in Turkey, the trade volume of agricultural products in trade exchanges and wholesale markets is not very large, they have an important role in price formation and must become more attractive trade centers by improving their substructure. Producer organizations also need to increase their activity in wholesale markets and trade exchanges.


Key words: Wholesale market, trade exchange, exploitation, producer organization.