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Gender-based Estimation of Technical Efficiency of Organic Vegetable Farmers of North Kerala

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Volume 16 No. 1, 2020, 131-136
DOI: https://doi.org/10.35716/ijed/19119
Indexed in Clarivate Analytics (ESCI) of WoS
NAAS Score: 4.82
UGC Approved: UGC Care List Group II

Deepa Palathingal1 and N. Rajagopal2*
1Ph.D. Scholar and 2Associate Professor, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Neelakudy, Thiruvarur-610 005 (Tamil Nadu)
*Corresponding author’s email: rajagopal.sstm@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

The present study focused on technical efficiency (TE) of organic farming in Kerala India. The specific objectives of the study were to estimate the technical efficiency of organic vegetable farmers, and to estimate and compare the technical efficiency of organic vegetable farmers according to gender. The data were collected through a household survey with a structured schedule from 300 organic vegetable farmers. A Cobb- Douglas functional form was used to estimate the Stochastic Production Frontier (SPF) of the organic vegetable farmers. It was concluded that in the frontier model, the independent variables such as land, labour, capital, and organic manure had a positive impact on frontier production among the male farmers. The young farmers were technically efficient than aged farmers. The coefficient of experience showed a negative relationship with inefficiency. It was noted that female farmers were technically efficient than male farmers.

Keywords
Gender, organic vegetable farmers, stochastic production frontier, technical efficiency.
JEL Codes O13, Q1, Q12.

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