Sokoine University of Agriculture

Analysis of technical efficiency in smallholder dairy production in Tanga City, Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Wikedzi, I. A.
dc.contributor.author Akyoo, A. M
dc.contributor.author Kanuya, N. L.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-26T12:23:34Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-26T12:23:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri https://www.suaire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/3350
dc.description Eastern and Southern Africa Journal of Agricultural Economics & Development Vol. 9 (2012), pp. 74-86 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates the technical efficiency of smallholder dairy farmers in Tanga City using the Stochastic Production Frontier Function (SPFF) approach. The study estimates the levels of Technical Efficiency (TE) of smallholder dairy farmers. This was a cross sectional research design which used simple random sampling technique to select the subjects into the study. A total of 80 smallholder dairy farmers were interviewed using semi–structured questionnaire. Data analysis techniques included collating field data and decomposing it into descriptive statistics and estimating the stochastic production frontier model for dairy keepers in Tanga City. The overall Technical Efficiency (TE) of smallholder dairy farmers in Tanga City was 89.7%. The study found that labour, feeds, veterinary services and capital stock increase the ability of producing more milk which in turn boosts milk productivity and thereby raises milk supply. However, labour cost was found to have a negative effect on the TE while feeds veterinary services and capital stock had positive effect. Therefore, this study recommends reduction of labour costs through the use of improved simple mechanical technologies that reduce drudgery in pasture cutting and hence increase labour productivity. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AJOL en_US
dc.subject Technical Efficiency en_US
dc.subject Stochastic en_US
dc.subject Smallholder Dairy Production en_US
dc.subject Production Frontier model en_US
dc.subject Tanga City en_US
dc.title Analysis of technical efficiency in smallholder dairy production in Tanga City, Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url https://www.ajol.info/index.php/tjags/article/view/190351 en_US


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