Journal of
Development and Agricultural Economics

  • Abbreviation: J. Dev. Agric. Econ.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9774
  • DOI: 10.5897/JDAE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 553

Full Length Research Paper

Assessing the technical efficiency of commercial egg production in Tanzania for improved livelihoods

Oleke, J. M.1* and Isinika, A. C.2
1IITA-Tanzania, Mlalakuwa, (Cocacola) Road, Plot No. 25, Mikocheni Light Industrial Area.  P. O. Box 34441, Dar-es-Salaam,Tanzania. 2Institute of Continuing Education, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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  •  Accepted: 04 June 2011
  •  Published: 31 August 2011


This study examined the productivity and technical efficiency (TE) of egg production in Tanzania under the intensive system. A multistage random sampling procedure was employed for selecting 80 respondents from two districts; Kibaha and Ilala. This study utilizes the most recent developments in stochastic frontier modeling as specified for a one-step process in Limdep software. Results indicated that the mean TE of egg production is 64%, ranging from 4 to 90%. Egg production was in the rational stage of production (stage II) as depicted by the returns to scale (RTS) of about 1.3. Thus, there is room for improving TE, which will raise net returns of egg production enterprises, hence, improving livelihoods of farmers and their families.


Key words: Technical efficiency, intensive, egg production, stochastic frontier, Tanzania.