Evaluation of the Factors Affecting Profitability of Smallholder Pig Farming in Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya
Micheni, Pauline Kananu
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Profitability of the smallholder pig farmers has been inconsistent; some farmers realize very dismal profits and even losses. The causes of the varying profits have not been empirically established in relationship to institutional arrangements and management factors contributing to this inconsistency not fully established. The main objective of this study will be to establish which institutional arrangements and management factors constrain the profitability of small-holder pig farmers in Tharaka-Nithi County. A sample of 75 smallholder pig farmers will be selected from Maara Constituency of the County. Multi-stage sampling design will be used to select respondents and the data will be collected by the use of structured interview schedules administered by the researcher and enumerators. The work will employ Data Envelopment Analysis to come up with profit efficiency rankings among the farmers and Frontier Model will be used to establish the factors that affect profit efficiency. The data will be processed using STATA and DEA Frontier packages. The findings could be useful to the stakeholders of the pig industry sub sector to formulate policy pertaining to pig enterprise inputs, marketing issues and financial products and also can establish benchmarks which can be used as a package for enhancing and stabilizing profitability to smallholder pig farmers.