Profitability and Efficiency Analysis of Smallholder Broiler Production in Mopani District of Limpopo Province, South Africa


The study was conducted in the Mopani District of Limpopo province to determine the factors aff ecting productivity of broiler production in the area. Data were collected from 86 sampled smallholder broiler farmers in three municipalities in Mopani District namely; Greater Tzaneen municipality, Greater Letaba municipality and Maruleng municipality using a well-structured questionnaire. The results of the study indicated that feed is signifi cant at 10% level having a positive relationship with the broiler output. However, stock size and vaccines are signifi cant at 1% level, also with a positive relationship with broiler output. The study recommended that government should fi nd ways of linking the smallholder farmers in the study area with other stakeholders, governmental and private, to allow smallholder farmers have the opportunities to network and get to know how the commercial successful farms operate and see where they can improve on their production systems and marketing of products.


Poultry farming; Agriculture productivity; Animal production; Effectiveness

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Published : 2016-12-31

Busayo, O., Machethe, T., & Senyolo, M. (2016). Profitability and Efficiency Analysis of Smallholder Broiler Production in Mopani District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. Journal of Agribusiness and Rural Development, 39(1), 145-154.

Oluwatayo Isaac Busayo
University of Limpopo, South Africa  South Africa
Tanya Machethe 
University of Limpopo, South Africa  South Africa
Mmapatla Senyolo 
University of Limpopo, South Africa  South Africa

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