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Farmers Resource – Use And Technical Efficiency In Cowpea Production In Nigeria


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  • Omononona B.T.

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria)

  • A.T. Akanbi

    (Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria)

  • O.A. Egbetokun

    (Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo, Moor Plantation, P.M.B 5029, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria)

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    In Nigeria, the use of stochastic frontier to estimate farm level efficiency effects is still at the rudimentary level and is beginning to build up. Few studies have been undertaken but there is dearth need for more empirical studies on this important issue. This paper presents the analysis of technical efficiency of cowpea production in Osun state southwest Nigeria, using the stochastic production frontier, budgetary and resource-use efficiency analyses. The marginal value products of all the resources used are less than their prices (MVP

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    Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

    Volume (Year): 40 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 102-110

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    Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v40:y:2010:i:1:p:102-110

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    Keywords: Resource-Use Efficiency; Technical Efficiency; Cowpea Production; Stochastic Frontier; Tobit Model and Marginal Products;


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    1. Ismatul Hidayah & Andriko Noto Susanto, 2013. "Economies of Scale and Allocative Efficiency of Rice Farming at West Seram Regency, Maluku Province, Indonesia," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 3(5), pages 624-634, May.


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