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An Assessment of Technical Efficiency of Tomato Farms in District Lasbela, Balochistan

An Assessment of Technical Efficiency of Tomato Farms in District Lasbela, Balochistan

Khalid Khan1, Marguerite Wotto2, Saima Liaqat3, Gulawar Khan1, Balach Rasheed1, Sara Rafiq4 and Guo Xiangyu5* 

1Department of Economics, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences (LUAWMS), Uthal, Balochistan, Pakistan; 2Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Canada; 3Department of Economics, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and The Lahore College for Women University, Jhang Campus; 4Assistant Professor Woman University Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 5College of Economics and Management, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150030, China.

guoxy@neau.edu 

ABSTRACT

This study was conducted in district Lasbela, Balochistan. Its objective was to investigate the technical efficiency of tomato farms in the district and its determinants. A well-structured questionnaire was used to collect data from one hundred tomato growers. Multi-stage random sampling technique was used for selection of the farmers. The Cobb-Douglas production function was used to estimate the technical efficiency and performance of the farmers. The study results disclosed that all explanatory variables have a positive impact on the farmers’ technical efficiency apart from pesticides. Additionally, the average technical performance of the farmer was 85% which shows that on average a farmer can spur the tomato production by 15 % by using the existing resources. Moreover, the inefficiency model results showed that farmer experiences were negatively linked with technical inefficiency. It seems that the experience will affect more and more on the contemporary cultivation of tomatoes. The study recommends that the government should launch both formal and informal training programs for the farmers to enhance the productivity.  

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 52, Iss. 5, Pages 1631-2026

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