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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 6)
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Evaluating Technical Efficiency of Small-scale Pineapple (Ananas comosus) Production in Bureti District, Kenya

Walter Koech, Gicuru K. Ithinji and Lawrence K. Kibet
Corresponding Author:  Walter Koech 

Key words:  Pineapple production, stochastic frontier functions, technical efficiency, , , ,
Vol. 5 , (6): 192-196
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June 07, 2013 June 20, 2013 November 25, 2013
Abstract:

Kenya has been one of the world’s leading pineapple producers for many years and is currently ranked 9th internationally. The biggest source of fruit is at Del Monte’s farm in Thika, but small-scale growers are also increasing their production for the local market. However, in Bureti District there is a gap between the potential farm yield and the actual yield realized by the pineapple farmers. Thus, this study has examined questions on current farm level efficiency in small-scale pineapple production. A semi-structured and pre-tested questionnaire was used to collect data from small-scale pineapple farmers through face to face interviews. Multi-stage sampling method was employed to get a representative sample of 150 pineapple farmers. The study used stochastic production frontier, to estimate technical efficiencies of pineapple production among small-scale farmers in Bureti district. Results of the study indicated that the average technical efficiency of pineapple production was 0.69. This implies that given the level of technology and inputs, the output could be increased by 30.8% through better use of available resources thus farmers should be trained to enhance their capacity to efficiently use the available resources.
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Walter Koech, Gicuru K. Ithinji and Lawrence K. Kibet, 2013. Evaluating Technical Efficiency of Small-scale Pineapple (Ananas comosus) Production in Bureti District, Kenya.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 5(6): 192-196.
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