keywords: Economic, efficiency, Mubi North, production, rain-fed, rice
The research determined the Economic Analysis of Rain Fed Rice Production in Some Selected Villages of Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Nigeria. A multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 109 rain-fed rice farmers in eight villages of the four Districts of Mubi North Local Government Area with the aid of questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistics were employed for the analysis of the data. The gross margin per hectare was (₦30,529.44) and the return per naira invested was₦0.43/ha indicating that in every one naira invested on rice production ₦0.43 emanated as a return,which revealed that rice production is profitable in the study area. Maximum Likelihood Estimate of the stochastic frontier production function revealed that farm size, quantity of fertilizer, seed and hired labour were significant at 1% and 10% level of significance and the gamma (ϒ) coefficient of 79.9% implying that farm size, quantity of fertilizer, seed and hired labour contributed 79.9% of the total output of rice obtained by the farmers included in the model. The technical efficiency ranged between 0.39 - 0.95 with a mean of 0.75, indicating that there is a scope for improving technical efficiency by 25% with the existing technology. Age of the farmer, literacy level, family size, and access to credit were found to increase technical efficiency of the farmers. The study, recommend revitalization of extension services through government agricultural transformation agenda, accessibility to credit facilities and affordability and availability of farm inputs at subsidized rates.
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