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: 491

Full Length Research Paper

Technical efficiency of rice farmers in Anambra State value chain development programme

Obianefo Chukwujekwu A.
  • Obianefo Chukwujekwu A.
  • Anambra State Value Chain Development Programme, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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Nwigwe Cecilia A.
  • Nwigwe Cecilia A.
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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Meludu Theresa N.
  • Meludu Theresa N.
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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Anyasie Ikechukwu C.
  • Anyasie Ikechukwu C.
  • Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 06 January 2020
  •  Accepted: 06 April 2020
  •  Published: 31 May 2020

Abstract

The study is aimed at determining the technical efficiency of rice farmers in Anambra State value chain development programme. A well-structured questionnaire was administered to elicit information from 372 rice farmers from the five participating Local Government Areas (Ayamelum, Awka North, Anambra West, Anambra East, and Orumba North) after which only 337 respondents were fit for the study. Cobb Douglas stochastic frontier model was used to ascertain the frontier line of the farmer’s production potentials. The determinant of technical inefficiency was sex and farming experience. The findings revealed that the gamma value (0.0315) captures the variation in technical efficiency by farmers, therefore, about 3.15% variation is observed and frontier output is due to rice farmer’s technical inefficiency effect. The study equally showed that the mean technical efficiency as predicted in the study was 84.76% implying that the farmers are operating 15.24% below their optimum production capacity. These, therefore, justify the need for policymakers to constantly organize training and sensitization workshops for the rice farmers in Anambra State and Nigeria at large paying particular attention to women farmers and the general farmer’s farming experience which will help to tailor down training to specific needs.

Key words: Stochastic frontier, technical efficiency and inefficiency, return to scale, influence, utilization, sensitization.