Assessment of technical efficiency of open field tomato production in Kiambu county, Kenya (stochastic frontier approach)

Show simple item record Najjuma, E. Kavoi, M. M. Mbeche, R. 2016-10-06T08:57:22Z 2016-10-06T08:57:22Z 2016-10-06
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology (JAGST), 2016 en_US
dc.description.abstract The study conducted an estimate of the mean technical efficiency and the determinants of technical efficiency for the open field tomato farmers in Kiambu, Kenya. A multistage sampling technique was used to draw a sample of 75 respondents who participated in the study. A two stage analysis using a Cobb Douglas stochastic frontier analysis and a Tobit regression to compute the mean technical efficiency and determine factors influencing technical efficiency respectively. All the analyses were computed using Stata versions 13. Results indicated a mean technical efficiency of 65 percent ranging from 26.7 percent to 96.3 percent implying that there is room to increase efficiency by 35 percent. Education, family size and Experience positively influenced technical efficiency while gender and farm size had a negative significant influence. The study demonstrated that farmers had a lower level of experience (5 years) and education (9 years) as compared to the national and other local areas within the country despite their positive significant influence on technical efficiency. The implication from the study findings is that greater attention should be paid towards farmer training to enhance their knowledge and farming experience with regard to tomatoes. A few farmers (16 percent, 14 percent and 8 percent) had received credit, extension and agriculture support facilities. Extension is very important as it bridges the gap between researchers and farmers whereas credit access enables farmers to buy farming inputs like fertilizers. Investments in farmer education without appropriate dissemination techniques may not cause any impacts. The study therefore recommends that accessibility to these services be enhanced. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher JKUAT en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Agriculture, Science and Technology (JAGST);Vol. 17(2)
dc.subject Technical efficiency en_US
dc.subject Cobb‐Douglas production function en_US
dc.subject open tomato production en_US
dc.title Assessment of technical efficiency of open field tomato production in Kiambu county, Kenya (stochastic frontier approach) en_US
dc.type Article en_US

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search DSpace


My Account