Estimating technical efficiency of waterleaf production is a tropical region

  • Udoh E
  • Etim N
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Information on economics of production of minor veg- etables is largely limited. This is the case for waterleaf [Talinum triangulare (Jacq). Wild]. Farm-level, output-oriented technical effi- ciency indices were estimated by fitting stochastic production frontier functions to survey data collected from waterleaf producers. By use of the Maximum Likelihood analysis, asymptotic parameter estimates were evaluated to describe efficiency determinants. The most critical production factors were labor, irrigation, and use of organic manure. The mean efficiency term, 0.65, indicates that waterleaf output could be in- creased with available technology. Some socioeconomic factors were evaluated to determine their influences on the ability of producers to be efficient in input use. Waterleaf production may be able to contribute to income derived from vegetable production in tropical environments

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  • E.J Udoh

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