Durojaiye A. M & Ogunjinmi O. O
This paper examined the technical efficiency of mechanized cassava farmers in Afijio Local Government Area of Oyo State. Random sampling technique was employed to collect data from randomly selected 50 mechanized cassava farmers used for the study. Primary data were collected using a well structured questionnaire. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Stochastic Frontier production function. The result of the study revealed that the technical efficiency of the farmers ranges from 58 – 92% with a mean of 78%. This indicates ample opportunity for the farmers to increase their productivity through improvement in their technical efficiency. Farm size, labour, fertilizer and planting materials were found to be statistically significant and positively related to farmers output while educational level, household size and farming experience of the mechanized cassava farmers negatively influenced farmers’ technical inefficiency. The farmers therefore need to increase their output through more intensive use of land, planting material, labour and fertilizer input.
Published Date: 2015-07-29;