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Technical Efficiency and Its Determinants of Rice Production in Cambodia

Version 1 : Received: 31 July 2016 / Approved: 1 August 2016 / Online: 1 August 2016 (10:09:07 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 12 September 2016 / Approved: 13 September 2016 / Online: 13 September 2016 (10:20:53 CEST)

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Kea, S.; Li, H.; Pich, L. Technical Efficiency and Its Determinants of Rice Production in Cambodia. Economies 2016, 4, 22. Kea, S.; Li, H.; Pich, L. Technical Efficiency and Its Determinants of Rice Production in Cambodia. Economies 2016, 4, 22.

Journal reference: Economies 2016, 4, 22
DOI: 10.3390/economies4040022

Abstract

The present study aims to measure the technical efficiency and establish core factors effecting rice production in Cambodia. Four-years dataset generated from the central government document “Profile on Economics and Social” of entire 25 provinces between 2012-2015 and the stochastic production frontier model (SFA) was applied. The results indicated that the technical efficiency of Cambodian rice production varied according to the different level of capital investment in agricultural machineries, total rice actual harvested area, and technically fertilizers application within provinces. Furthermore, evidence revealed the overall mean efficiency of rice production is 78.4% implies that there is still room to further improve technical efficiency by given the same level of inputs and technology. More importantly, the findings revealed that irrigation, production technique and amount of agricultural supporting staffs are being as the most important influencing factors of rice production in Cambodia. In conclusion, present study strongly recommends the development of irrigation systems and good water management practices to be considered and bring into more effective actions by the central government as well as related agencies for improving rice production in Cambodia in addition to capital investment and improving technical skills of supporting staffs and rural farmers.

Subject Areas

technical efficiency; SFA; rice production; Cambodia; agriculture; productivity

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