TECHNICAL EFFICIENCY OF POULTRY EGG PRODUCTION IN OGUN STATE, NIGERIA.
There is a retarded growth in poultry egg production in Ogun state, Nigeria. This has led to high cost of production and the average market prices of the product. The study therefore examined the technical efficiency of poultry egg production in Ogun state, Nigeria using the stochastic frontier production function model. Primary data were collected using a set of structured questionnaire from one hundred and twenty (120) poultry egg farmers who were selected using multi-stage sampling techniques, from Poultry Association of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter. The level of technical efficiencies (TE) varied widely across farms, ranging between 64 percent and 97 percent, with a mean value of 85.6 percent. Only years of experience negatively affected the TE while an increase in other socio-economic variables, such as education, age and location of farm led to an increase in the TE value. The major constraints in poultry egg production ranked in order of unbearable cost of feed, inadequate fund and capital, lack of disease control facilities and unstable power supply. This study recommends dissemination of improved modern technology in egg production to the poultry egg farmers.
egg production; stochastic frontier analysis; technical efficiency
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