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The present investigation undertaken in the central Gujarat, has estimated the technical efficiency in riceproduction and has assessed the effect of farm-specific socio-economic factors on this technical efficiency.A stochastic frontier production function has been estimated to determine technical efficiency of individualfarms and variance as well as regression analyses have been carried out to find the influence of socioeconomicfactors. The study has revealed that the farm-specific technical efficiencies range from 71.39per cent to 99.82 per cent, with the mean of 72.78 per cent, which indicates that on average, the realizedoutput can be raised by 27 per cent in the region with the available technology and resources, without anyadditional resources. It has been found that factors like operational area, experience, education and distanceof field from canal structure are the most influential determinants of technical efficiency, while the variable,number of working family members, has shown significant but negative relationship with technical efficiency.By adopting good management practices and proper allocation of the existing resources and technology,along with sound extension programmes, the potential that exists for improving the productivity of rice inthe state, could be exploited.

Subject(s): Agricultural and Food Policy

Issue Date: 2010-07

Publication Type: Journal Article

PURL Identifier: Published in: Agricultural Economics Research Review, Volume 23, Number 2 Page range: 375-382

Total Pages: 7

Record appears in: Agricultural Economics Research Association (India) > Agricultural Economics Research Review

Agricultural Economics Research Review

Autor: Narala, Anuradha ; Zala, Y.C.


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