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Role of Extension Services in Enhancing Efficiency of Market Oriented Dairy Farmers: An Evidence from Punjab, Pakistan

Role of Extension Services in Enhancing Efficiency of Market Oriented Dairy Farmers: An Evidence from Punjab, Pakistan

Sami Ullah1, Bernhard Brümmer2 and Umar Ijaz Ahmed1*

1Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture, Multan, Pakistan; 2Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development, University of Göttingen, Germany.

 
*Correspondence | Umar Ijaz Ahmed, Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture, Multan; Email: umar.ijaz@mnsuam.edu.pk

ABSTRACT

Agricultural extension programmes are the main source of disseminating technical information to farmers which enhance their skills and in turn farm productivity. Livestock sector in the main sub sector of agriculture in Pakistan that contributes nearly 60% to agricultural value addition. In this study, we investigated the effects of extension services on market oriented dairy farms’ technical efficiency in Pakistan. The data was collected from 345 dairy farmers of Punjab through field survey. By employing the stochastic frontier approach, it was found that on an average 85% dairy farms are technically efficient, indicating that output can be increased by 15% by enhancing the efficiency of the dairy farms. The study reveals that extension services enhance the technical efficiency of dairy farmers by imparting better management and disease control skills. Extended extension services are recommended, alongside quality training programmes and the provision of improved crossbred cattle and buffalos to ensure good quality breeds.

 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 53, Iss. 5, Pages 1603-2000

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