International Sugar Journal

Sugarcane production efficiency of small-scale farmers in Thailand* [Full subscriber]

Abstract      This paper estimates the production efficiency of sugarcane farmers in Thailand using a non-parametric data envelopment analysis (DEA) and primary data collected from 94 sugarcane farmer respondents during in the 2014/15 crop year. The empirical results suggest that Thai sugarcane farmers operate at 80.89% productive efficiency; that is, given their output quantity, farmers should reduce their input by 19.11% without changing their technology use. The findings concerning the returns to scale in sugarcane production show that farmers in 60.64% of observed sugarcane farms experience increasing returns to scale, implying smaller operations. Only 34.04% of observed sugarcane farms operate at…

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