TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY OF RICE FARMERS UNDER ANCHOR BORROWERS’ PROGRAMME IN BENUE STATE, NIGERIA.

Author's Name: Iorliam Terngu
Subject Area: Life Sciences
Subject Agricultural
Section Research Paper

Keyword:

Technical efficiency, Benue State, Anchor Borrowers Programme, rice farmers.


Abstract

The study examined technical efficiency of rice farmers currently receiving income supports from Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in Benue State. One Hundred and Six (106) farmers were randomly sampled and structured questionnaire administered to them. Cross- Sectional data were collected and analysed using Descriptive Statistics, and Stochastic Frontier Production Function. Results show that the rice farmers achieved a technical efficiency level of 93% on average. Quantities of rice seeds planted, and fertilizer applied had statistically significant (P < 0.01) and positive influences on rice productivity. Farm size had positive, significant influence on productivity of rice farmers at 5% level of probability. Return to Scale of 1.17 was found, which implies that the farmers could still use more inputs to improve on the productivity. The Anchor Borrowers’ programme should be sustained to support farmers with inputs particularly, seeds, and fertilizer in order to improve on rice production. The research also recommends further studies on allocative, and economic efficiency levels of the farmers receiving income supports from the programme.

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