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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 3)
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Analysis of Determinants of Productivity and Technical Efficiency among Smallholder Common Bean Farmers in Eastern Uganda

K.W. Sibiko, G. Owuor, E. Birachi, E.O. Gido, O.I. Ayuya and J.K. Mwangi
Corresponding Author:  K.W. Sibiko 

Key words:  Common bean, efficiency, stochastic frontier approach, Tobit, Uganda, ,
Vol. 5 , (3): 44-55
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August 04, 2012 September 03, 2012 September 20, 2013
Abstract:

The study evaluated factors influencing bean productivity and technical efficiency among smallholder farmers in Eastern Uganda, using a stochastic frontier model and a Tobit model. Findings showed that bean productivity was significantly influenced by plot-size, seeds and planting fertilizer; mean technical efficiency for sampled farms was 48.2%. The Tobit model estimation revealed that technical efficiency was positively influenced by value of assets (at 1% level), extension service and group membership (at 5% level); while age and distance to the factor market negatively influenced technical efficiency at 10 and 5% levels respectively. Hence the study recommended the need for increased provision of extension service and training on correct input application and improved farming technologies to increase bean productivity. It also suggested the need for policy to discourage land fragmentation, develop road and market infrastructure in rural areas and encourage further formation of well managed farmer groups to improve production efficiency of bean farms.
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K.W. Sibiko, G. Owuor, E. Birachi, E.O. Gido, O.I. Ayuya and J.K. Mwangi, 2013. Analysis of Determinants of Productivity and Technical Efficiency among Smallholder Common Bean Farmers in Eastern Uganda.  Current Research Journal of Economic Theory, 5(3): 44-55.
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