Okeke Et Al


Okeke et al

Journal of Agricultural Sciences

9(2), pp. 155-162, 2019


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Analysis of the Technical Efficiency of Beneficiary and Non-Beneficiary Rice
Farmers of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in Benue State, Nigeria



A.M1; Mbanasor, J.A2; Nto, P.O2



1Department of
Agribusiness, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.

of Agribusiness and Management, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture,
Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria.






Article No.: 03261950

Type: Research

DOI: 10.15580/GJAS.2019.2.032619050



analysis of the technical efficiency of beneficiary and non-beneficiary rice
farmers of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in Benue State, Nigeria was
investigated. Data for the study were collected with the aid of
well-structured questionnaire from 768 rice farmers consisting of 388
beneficiaries and 380 non-beneficiaries from 18 communities and 18 Local
Government Areas using multi-stage sampling technique. The collected data
were analysed using descriptive statistics, multiple regression analysis,
and stochastic frontier production function. The findings revealed that the
beneficiary rice farmers achieved lower levels of technical efficiency
compared to the non-beneficiary rice farmers and that seed (0.483) and
agrochemical (1.60) used, increased technical efficiency more among
beneficiary rice farmers than the non-beneficiary rice farmers while
fertilizer (-1.285) used, decreased technical efficiency of beneficiary rice
farmers more compared to the non-beneficiary rice farmers. The results also
showed that rice production among the beneficiaries was in stage I of the
production curve and that gender (1.249), educational level (-0.045), age
(0.058), membership of cooperative (-0.250), extension visit (0.126),
marital status (-2.633), and household size (0.059) significantly influenced
their technical inefficiency. The study recommended policies and programmes
targeted at reallocation and redistribution of farm production inputs and
taking cognizance the incorporation of farmers’ socio-economic
characteristics in their formulation.


Submitted: 26/03/2019

Accepted:  28/03/2019

Published: 25/04/2019


*Corresponding Author

Okeke, A.M.

E-mail: anayomichaelokeke@



efficiency, Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, Rice farmers, Benue State, Nigeria




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