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Research Journal of Applied Sciences
Year: 2018  |  Volume: 13  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 275 - 284

Technical Efficiency and Resources Use among Wheat Producers in Southwestern Libya; An Application of Slack-Based Measure of Efficiency

Hanan Ali Mohamed Alabasi, Zainalabidin Mohamed, Ismail Abd Latif, Amin Mahir Bin Abdullah and Abdullahi Iliyasu    

Abstract: Over the last decade, although, the planting area of wheat increased, the yield is still at same lower level and there is no significant improvement in wheat yield per hectare, though some farms are quite efficient and are using accordingly during the process of production. The present study applied the slack-based measure of efficiency to determine technical efficiency of wheat producers in the South-Western Libya during 2015 cropping season. In the same token, a Tobit Model was regressed to examine the determinants of technical inefficiency among wheat farmers. Evaluation of technical efficiency as well as input slacks, offers an important understanding of the wheat farm’s performance in terms of resource utilization which enables effective formulation of policies. The result shows that wheat farmers have a great chance to enhance their production and productivity by better use of the inputs and the government could increase the productivity of wheat by focusing on motivating and encouraging the younger generation of educated farmers. Furthermore, the usage of improved seeds could be recommended to inefficient farms to assist them in catching up with other farms with the best practices.

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