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Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Vol. 9(2), pp. 155-162, 2019

ISSN: 2276-7770

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Comparative Analysis of the Technical Efficiency of Beneficiary and Non-Beneficiary Rice Farmers of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in Benue State, Nigeria



*Okeke, A.M1; Mbanasor, J.A2; Nto, P.O2



1Department of Agribusiness, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.

2Department of Agribusiness and Management, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria.






Article No.: 03261950

Type: Research

DOI: 10.15580/GJAS.2019.2.032619050



Comparative analysis of the technical efficiency of beneficiary and non-beneficiary rice farmers of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in Benue State, Nigeria was investigated. Data for the study were collected with the aid of well-structured questionnaire from 768 rice farmers consisting of 388 beneficiaries and 380 non-beneficiaries from 18 communities and 18 Local Government Areas using multi-stage sampling technique. The collected data were analysed using descriptive statistics, multiple regression analysis, and stochastic frontier production function. The findings revealed that the beneficiary rice farmers achieved lower levels of technical efficiency compared to the non-beneficiary rice farmers and that seed (0.483) and agrochemical (1.60) used, increased technical efficiency more among beneficiary rice farmers than the non-beneficiary rice farmers while fertilizer (-1.285) used, decreased technical efficiency of beneficiary rice farmers more compared to the non-beneficiary rice farmers. The results also showed that rice production among the beneficiaries was in stage I of the production curve and that gender (1.249), educational level (-0.045), age (0.058), membership of cooperative (-0.250), extension visit (0.126), marital status (-2.633), and household size (0.059) significantly influenced their technical inefficiency. The study recommended policies and programmes targeted at reallocation and redistribution of farm production inputs and taking cognizance the incorporation of farmers’ socio-economic characteristics in their formulation.


Submitted: 26/03/2019

Accepted:  28/03/2019

Published: 25/04/2019


*Corresponding Author

Okeke, A.M.

E-mail: anayomichaelokeke@



Technical efficiency, Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, Rice farmers, Benue State, Nigeria




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