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Technical Efficiency In Intensive Rainfed Cropping Systems In Northwest Luzon, The Philippines: A Stochastic Distance Function Approach


  • Renato A Villano
  • Marilou P Lucas
  • Sushil Pandey


Farming in the rainfed lowlands of northwest Luzon, the Philippines, is highly intensive, diversified, and commercialized. The cropping system is predominantly rice-based in the wet season and high-value cash crops are grown during the dry season. Using panel data from 100 randomly selected farmers, a stochastic input distance function is used to investigate the technical efficiencies and scope economies in this environment. The average the technical efficiency estimates over the four-year period was about 68%. Results also show that significant scope economies exist between rice and major dry-season crops like garlic and mungbean. However, scope diseconomies exist between rice and maize.

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  • Renato A Villano & Marilou P Lucas & Sushil Pandey, 2006. "Technical Efficiency In Intensive Rainfed Cropping Systems In Northwest Luzon, The Philippines: A Stochastic Distance Function Approach," The IUP Journal of Agricultural Economics, IUP Publications, vol. 0(4), pages 18-33, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjag:v:03:y:2006:i:4:p:18-33

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