Formal versus informal: Insights into the credit transactions of small-scale fishers along the south west coast of India

Shinoj, P and Ramachandran, C and Baiju, K K and Xavier, A K (2019) Formal versus informal: Insights into the credit transactions of small-scale fishers along the south west coast of India. Marine Policy, 103. pp. 101-112.

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    Abstract

    This paper closely scrutinizes the diverse credit transactions undertaken by small-scale fishers along the South West coast of India, based on a field-level survey carried out in the maritime State of Kerala. The study describes alternative modes of fishery credit delivery in the State and explores the tangled inter-linkages in the formal and informal credit contracts. Further, empirical assessment of borrowing pattern of small-scale fishers is conducted by taking the case of ring seiners who constitute an important segment in the local fishery. The main determinants of their borrowing behavior from institutional credit sources are identified using a fractional logit regression approach. The findings point to continuing dominance of the informal financial sector over the institutional credit sector. In the light of the findings, measures such as reforming the fish auction system, linking insurance with formal credit, further strengthening of fishery co-operative societies and exercising stringent state control to curb exploitative lending practices are suggested.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Small-scale fisheries; Financial institutions; Fisheries credit; Inter-linked credit contracts
    Subjects: Socio Economics and Extension
    Socio Economics and Extension > Fish Marketing
    Socio Economics and Extension > Fishing Villages
    Socio Economics and Extension > Fisheries Economics
    Socio Economics and Extension > Fishing Community
    Marine Fisheries
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Fishery Extension
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 10:39
    Last Modified: 04 Mar 2019 10:42
    URI: http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/id/eprint/13419

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