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dc.contributor.authorKabuage, L.
dc.contributor.authorOmmeh, H.
dc.contributor.authorKuria, J.N.
dc.contributor.authorMbogo, S.
dc.contributor.authorMutero, C.
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-11T13:11:05Z
dc.date.available2014-07-11T13:11:05Z
dc.date.issued2003
dc.identifier.citationAfrican Crop Science Conference Proceedings, Vol. 6. 668-673en_US
dc.identifier.issn1023-070
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/10369
dc.description.abstractA study to investigate the technical Efficiency associated with rice production was carried in Mwea irrigation Scheme. Two groups of farmers were compared, one group consisting of farmers growing a single crop of rice in a year and the other growing a double crop of rice in a year. Most of rice production in Kenya comes from Mwea Irrigation Scheme. Until 1998, the Government’s National Irrigation Board was running the Scheme. Since, the management has been taken over by a local farmer’s cooperative society, the Mwea Multipurpose Rice Growers. This latter management however lacks the resources and facilities for effective management and this has led to a decline in rice production in the Scheme. There have been constraints in credit and extension facilities as well as other physical production inputs. The study uses a stochastic frontier production function model in which the technical inefficiency effects are assumed to be a function of farmer’s specific characteristics as well as institutional factors. Empirical results indicated that farmers growing a single crop of rice were more technically efficient that those growing a double crop of rice in a year. Farmer’s education level and farming experience as well as availability of credit and extension facilities were found to be significant variables influences technical efficiency. The study recommended that a policy to facilitate the availability of credit and extension services to farmers has to be drawn, as well as a policy which would encourage research on a dry land crop to rotate with rice rather than growing two crops which are technically inefficient.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectRice,en_US
dc.subjectTechnical efficiency,en_US
dc.subjectstochastic frontier production function.en_US
dc.titleTechnical Efficiency of Rice Producers in Mwea Irrigation Schemeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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