FISH PRODUCTION AND ALLOCATIVE EFFICIENCY AMONG FARMERS IN ANAMBRA STATE, NIGERIA: A TRANSLOG STOCHASTIC FRONTIER PRODUCTION FUNCTION APPROACH

AUTHOR: OKOYE, IFEOMA BEATRICE (B. AGRIC.)

DEPARTMENT: AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

AFFILIATION: FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OWERRI

The study analyzed fish production and allocative efficiency among farmers in Anambra State of Nigeria. Data were collected through structured questionnaire from 120 randomly selected farmers from 3 agricultural zones of Anambra State. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics, translog stochastic frontier production function, translog stochastic frontier cost function, and Analysis of variance. Results show that the mean technical, economic and allocative efficiencies of fish farmers were 76 %, 67% and 86% respectively. Opportunities exist to increase technical and allocative efficiencies in fish production. Allocative efficiency can be adequately improved by allocating resources properly. Farmers are allocative inefficient in fish production, and there are no significant differences in outputs of fish farmers in the three sampled agricultural zones of Anambra State. Determinants of allocative efficiency are age, education, experience, pond size, fingerlings, extension, credit access, household size and employment. Major constraints to increased fish production in  Anambra State are inadequate fund, high cost of feed and inadequate experience on new technologies.

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