MODELLING THE TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY OF RICE PRODUCTION IN NIGERIA
- Efayena O. Obukohwo
- Enoh H. Olele
- Patricia N. Buzugbe
- ( paper pages. 433 - 488 )
Rice botanically known as Oryza sativa has become a household
food item in Nigeria, prompting the adoption of measures to ensure
self-sufficiency in its production thus the need to analyse its
production efficiency. This study employed data drawn from
selected Nigerian states which included 168 rice farms within a
Cobb-Douglas stochastic production frontier framework. The
technical efficiency mean value obtained implied that on average,
rice farmers obtained only 63% of the optimal output from inputs
used in the production process. This therefore suggests that when
inputs are efficiently utilized, technical inefficiency should be 37%.
Empirical results more specifically revealed a considerable need
for increased efficiency to complement rice supply shortfalls. The
study suggested among other policy thrusts the need to assist rice
farmers with adequate finance in order to increase production
Efayena O. Obukohwo, Enoh H. Olele, Patricia N. Buzugbe.
"MODELLING THE TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY OF RICE PRODUCTION IN NIGERIA"
The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies,
63 (3): 433 - 488.