Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home AfricaBib Go to database home

bibliographic database
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Measurement of the technical efficiency of crop farms in the southeastern region of Nigeria
Authors:Udoh, Edet JoshuaISNI
Akintola, Jacob Olatunji
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:economic models
agricultural productivity
agricultural economy
agricultural technology
crop yields
Abstract:One way peasant farmers can achieve sustainable agricultural development is to raise the productivity of their farms by improving efficiency within the limits of the existing resource base and available technology. The authors use a restricted translog production function to estimate the technical efficiency of 300 farms in Odukpani Local Government Area in Cross River State and Itu Local Government Area in Akwa Ibom State, southeastern Nigeria. They specify the stochastic parametric frontier with a composite error term. By means of maximum likelihood estimation, asymptotically consistent and efficient maximum likelihood estimates are obtained together with inefficiency determinants. The empirical results show that the mean level of technical efficiency is 77 percent, while the best farm is 98 percent efficient. This shows that, with the present technology, there is still room for a 23 percent increase in crop production. As far as technical efficiency is concerned, socioeconomic factors which positively affect the farm potential frontier strategies for increasing input-use productivity and efficiency are urgently needed. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]