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Title: ADOPTION OF RICE CULTIVATION TECHNOLOGIES AND ITS EFFECT ON TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY IN SAGNARIGU DISTRICT OF GHANA
Authors: Abdulai, Shamsudeen
Zakariah, Abraham
Donko, Samuel Arkoh
Keywords: Adoption
Propensity score matching
Technical efficiency
Treatment effects
Sagnarigu District
Ghana
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Conget
Series/Report no.: 4;
Abstract: This study examined the adoption of rice cultivation technologies on farmers’ technical efficiency in Sagnarigu District. The stochastic frontier model was used to estimate the determinants of output and technical inefficiency while pro-pensity score matching was also used to analyse the average treatment effect (ATE) and the average treatment effect on the treated (ATT). A total of 120 respondents comprising 60 adopters and 60 non-adopters were randomly selected from six com-munities in the District and interviewed using semi-structured questionnaires. Farm size, fertilizer, weedicides and household labour had positive and significant effect on rice output. Farmers who adopted the rice cultivation techniques were less tech-nically inefficient than those who did not adopt. The ATT was 0.121 which implies that farmers who adopted the rice technologies increased their technical efficiency by about 12% and this was significant at 10% for the PSM with similar results ob-tained for the nearest neighbour matching. The ATE value of 0.102 which was also statistically significant at 10% means that farmers on the whole increased their technical efficiency by 10.2%. Moreover, the mean technical efficiency estimates for adopters and non-adopters were about 58% and 48% respectively under regression adjustment and inverse-probability weights. The existence of a technical efficiency gap of 10% between adopters and non-adopters of rice technologies emphasized the significant effect of technology adoption on farmer’s technical efficiency. The study recommends that more rice farmers should be encouraged to adopt the rice production technologies in order to improve their technical efficiency levels.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2442
ISSN: 23311932
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