Ume SI, Uloh EV, Emehute VC and Okoroafor IB
Technical efficiency of rice farmers in Anambra State, Nigeria using stochastic frontier production function was studied. Multistage random sampling techniques were used to select 120 rice farmers. Structured questionnaire complimented with oral interview were used to collect data from the respondents for the study. The result showed that the estimated level of technical efficiency was ranged between 24 % - 94 %. Also, the determinants factors to technical efficiency of the rice farmers were age of the farmers, level of education and extension services. The major constraints to rice production in the study area were pest and disease (92 %), poor access to credit (83 %), high cost of labour (67 %). Policy options aimed at enhancing farmers’ access to improved rice varieties, paddy, pesticides, and credit facilities and educational programs were proffered.
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