Enwerem And Ohajianya

Enwerem and Ohajianya



Greener
Journal of  Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 3 (
2), pp.128-136,
February 2013


 ISSN: 2276-7770 



Research

Paper

Manuscript
Number:112912306

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2013.2.112912306

 


Farm Size
and Technical Efficiency of Rice Farmers in Imo State,
Nigeria

 




Enwerem V.A.
1

and *Ohajianya
D.O.

2

 


1
Fadama
Coordinating office, ADP State Secretariat, Okigwe Road,
Imo State


2
Department
of Agricultural Economics, Federal University of
Technology Owerri, Nigeria

 


*Corresponding Author’s Email: dohajianya @ yahoo. com

Abstract:

This study analyzed the technical efficiency and the sources
of inefficiency in large scale and small scale rice
production in Imo State, Nigeria during the 2009 cropping
season, using a stochastic frontier production function
which incorporates a model for inefficiency effects. A
sample of 160 farmers selected using the multi-stage
stratified random sampling techniques were used to generate
primary data with structured and validated questionnaire
through the cost-route approach. Results showed that factors
that affected the output of rice farmers were labour,
capital, land and planting materials. Low capital base for
investment, poor extension contact and poor access to credit
were the major factors that influenced farmers’ level of
technical efficiency. The mean technical efficiency were
0.65 and 0.69 for large and small scale farmers
respectively, which implies that the mean technical
efficiency index could be increased by 35% and 31% for large
scale and scale farmers respectively through efficient
reallocation of the available resources.
 
Key words: Rice farmers, inefficiency factors,
stochastic frontier, technical efficiency.

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