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: 552

Full Length Research Paper

Technical efficiency of beekeeping farmers in Tolon-Kumbungu district of Northern region of Ghana

Abdulai Abdul-Malik* and Abubakari Mohammed
Department of Mathematics, University for Development Studies (UDS), P. O. Box 24, Navrongo, Ghana.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 August 2012
  •  Published: 30 September 2012



This paper investigates technical efficiencies of beekeeping farms and their determinants, using stochastic production frontier function, in Tolon-Kumbungu district of Northern region of Ghana. Primary data were collected using a multi-stage sampling technique on 48 respondents. Results show that the mean technical efficiency of the beekeeping farms is 0.894. Most of the respondents are also fairly efficient in the use of available resources. The most important factors, which determine technical inefficiency, are age, main occupation and membership of social group of the honey producers. Although, the beekeepers were found to be generally fairly efficient, there is room for improvement in the use of available resources under a guaranteed and conducive environment.


Key words: Technical efficiency, bee keepers, returns to scale.