Yusuf and Mustapha
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences
Vol. 9(3), pp. 344-349, 2019
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Socio-Economic Determinants of Technical Efficiency in Rainfed Rice Production in Sokoto State, Nigeria
Yusuf, Balarabe Ibrahim 1; Mustapha, Muhammad Bashir 2
*1Department of Agricultural Science, Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Nigeria
2Department of Economics, Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Nigeria
Article No.: 082519161
The study examined socio economic determinants of technical efficiency in rainfed rice production system in Sokoto state, Nigeria. Using a multistage random sampling technique, 300 farmers were randomly selected from six purposively selected rainfed rice producing local government areas of Sokoto state. The data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics and stochastic frontier analysis (SFA). The maximum likelihood estimates on the determinants of technical efficiency shows that the coefficients of farming experience (p<0.01), off-farm income (p<0.05) and extension contact (p<0.01) significantly influenced technical efficiency of the rainfed rice farmers in the area. The mean technical efficiency in rainfed rice production system in the area was 73.2 percent suggesting that rice production fell 26.8 percent short of the maximum (frontier) possible output. The study recommends that farmers need to utilize their farming experience and endeavour to acquire more knowledge and skills in farming while the State Government should engage trained and qualified youths with NCE/Degree in agriculture to serve as extension agents and support them with transport facilities and commensurate remuneration for effective extension service delivery.
Balarabe Ibrahim Yusuf
E-mail: balarabebally@ gmail.com
Keywords: Rice; Rainfed; determinants; technical-efficiency
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Cite this Article: Yusuf, BI; Mustapha, MB (2019). Socio-Economic Determinants of Technical Efficiency in Rainfed Rice Production in Sokoto State, Nigeria. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 9(3): 344-349, https://doi.org/ 10.15580/GJAS.2019.3.082519161
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