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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 6)
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Comparative Analysis of Allocative Efficiency in Input use by Credit and Non Credit User Small Scale Poulty Farmers in Delta State, Nigeria

P.C. Ike and I. Udeh
Corresponding Author:  Pius Chinwuba Ike 

Key words:  Alloctive efficiency, credit use, poultry farmers, returns to scale, , ,
Vol. 3 , (6): 481-486
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2011 August, 15 2011 October, 07 2011 November, 15

This study examined the relative allocative efficiencies in input use by credit user and non credit user small scale poultry farmers in Delta State, Nigeria. Relative elasticities of production and returns to scale of the defined poultry farmers were examined. Primary data were collected from a random sample of 108 small scale poultry farmers consisting of 54 credit users and 54 non credit users. A stochastic frontier production function model was used to analyse the data. Results of the findings indicate that none of the poultry farmer groups allocated any production input optimally. All the variables entered in the model were significant for credit and non credit users except drugs and veterinary services which was not significant for non credit user poultry farmers. On the whole, the credit user poultry farmers over utilized (Kij<1) hired labour, family labour and under utilized (Kij>1) feed input as well as drugs and veterinary services. The non credit user farmers over utilized (Kij<1) three inputs namely hired labour, family labour and capital and under utilized (Kij>1) feed input. It is therefore the recommendation of this study that economic policies and programmes such as the Delta state microcredit programme should be strengthened so as to improve access to credit and enhance efficiency in the use of resources by small scale poultry farmers.
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P.C. Ike and I. Udeh, 2011. Comparative Analysis of Allocative Efficiency in Input use by Credit and Non Credit User Small Scale Poulty Farmers in Delta State, Nigeria.  Asian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3(6): 481-486.
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