TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY OF RICE FARMERS IN NIGERIA: A WAY OUT OF ECONOMIC RECESSION

Published in Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 17 ISSUE 4
Written by Waheed M. ASHAGIDIGBI

The need to reduce food import bills and enhance farmers’ technical efficiency, most especially in a recessed economy like that of Nigeria is germane. Improving farmers’ technical efficiency which in turn will boost productivity is one of the exit routes. The study analysed the determinants of rice farmers’ technical efficiency in Nigeria. Harmonized Nigeria Living Standard Survey (HNLSS) conducted by National Bureau of Statistics was used for this study. Input and output data of 130 rice famers across the country were used. Descriptive statistics and Stochastic Frontier Production Function were the analytical techniques adopted. Fertilizer input and farm size were observed to enhance the output of rice and rice farmers’ technical efficiency respectively at 5% level. Efficient Fertilizer distribution and land policy options that would favour rice farmers should be intensified to ensure increased efficiency and productivity. This would reduce food import bills, reduce government expenditure and create a pathway towards economic recovery.

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ASHAGIDIGBI W.M. 2017, TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY OF RICE FARMERS IN NIGERIA: A WAY OUT OF ECONOMIC RECESSION. Scientific Papers. Series "Management, Economic Engineering in Agriculture and rural development", Vol. 17 ISSUE 4, PRINT ISSN 2284-7995, 59-62.


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