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Articles by B.C. Okoye
Total Records ( 4 ) for B.C. Okoye
  C.A. Okezie and B.C. Okoye
  The study was conducted to determine the technical efficiency of eggplant producers using the stochastic production function. A cost route approach was adopted in eliciting information from 120 eggplant producers selected through multi-stage random sampling technique. The results show that the significant factors of technical efficiency are labour, fertilizer and seeds. The socio economic determinants of technical efficiency in the frontier model include gender, land tenure status, marital status and extension visits. The farmers were not fully technically efficient in the use of production resources. The mean technical efficiency is 0.78. Farmers can improved on their efficiency by forming cooperative societies to guarantee security of tenure and take advantage of cooperative farming.
  B.C. Okoye and C.E. Onyenweaku
  This study employed a translog stochastic frontier cost function to measure the level of economic efficiency and it`s determinants in small-holder cocoyam production in Anambra state, Nigeria. A multi-stage random sampling technique was used to select 120 cocoyam farmers in the state in 2005 from whom input-output data and their prices were obtained using the cost-route approach. The parameters of the stochastic frontier cost function were estimated using the maximum likelihood method. The results of the analysis show that individual farm level technical efficiency was about 59%. The study found age, education and farm size, to be negatively and highly significantly related to economic efficiency at 1.0% while fertilizer use and farmer experience were significant and directly related to economic efficiency at 1.0 and 5.0% levels of probability, respectively. No significant relationship was found between economic efficiency and extension visit, family size, credit access and membership of cooperative societies.
  B.C. Okoye , G.N. Asumugha , C.A. Okezie , L. Tanko and C.E. Onyenweaku
  Stakeholders in agricultural development in Nigeria are currently confronted with the onerous task of feeding over hundred million people in the nation. The study attempts to examine the trends in the production, area and productivity of cocoyam in Nigeria from 1960/61 to 2003/06 in two periods and highlights the relative contributions of area and productivity to the observed growth. Results reveal that output, area and productivity of cocoyam exhibited negative trends in Period I, (Pre-SAP, 1960/61-1984/85) whereas output and area of cocoyam showed positive trend in Period II (Post-SAP, 1985/86-2003/06). Increases in cocoyam production were due principally to the expansion of area under cultivation. Measures aimed at improving the yield and efficiency of resource utilization will enhance the prospect of cocoyam.
  M.C. Ogbonna , G.N. Asumugha , H.N. Anyaegbunam , B.C. Okoye , J. Onwumere and O.A. Akinpelu
  Cassava processing business is an important enterprise, which provides income and employment to greater proportion of rural population of Nigeria. But the quality of the products from processing is very low. The method employed is very tedious resulting perhaps from inefficient use of techniques and lower management at processorsí level. To investigate into the fact, the study was conducted at processorsí level in two areas in Abia State with a sample of 72 small-scale processors by applying Cobb Douglas production function model. The functional results showed that some technological inputs such as grater machine and other inputs were over utilized whereas expenditures on some others like presser and miller machines, diesel (fuel), human labour and repairs were under utilized. Results of the study also indicates that the small scale cassava processors although economically more rational in some cases, were not using resources at an optimum level. Despite these few cases, the business resulted in an increasing return to scale, as the sum of production coefficient was more than unity. It was therefore ,suggested that small-scale cassava processors could have to reallocate their resources like grater machine and other inputs by reducing expenditures while increasing more of diesel.
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