Title: Does farm size matters in determining efficiency in Indian agriculture: a case study of rice production in Eastern India

Authors: Chandrima Chakraborty; Dipyaman Pal

Addresses: Department of Economics, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, India ' Department of Economics, Bethune College, Kolkata, India

Abstract: The present paper analyses the relationship between farm size and technical efficiency of Indian agricultural sector based on primary data from the Ballavpur village of West Midnapore district in West Bengal for the period 2017-2018. The analysis concludes that the output efficiency increases with the increase in farm size. The major factor behind the variation in output efficiency is the area under irrigation. Also, farmers' literacy rate may raise the efficiency level of their farms. Besides this, if a farmer wants to increase the efficiency level then the cost of transportation and the rent paid must have to be decreased. There is also a scope of improvement in the efficiency level for all categories of farmers by the improvement in the irrigation facility.

Keywords: Indian agriculture; output efficiency; farm size; data envelopment analysis; DEA; multinomial probit; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSAMI.2021.113463

International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics, 2021 Vol.7 No.1, pp.17 - 30

Received: 13 Jun 2020
Accepted: 14 Sep 2020

Published online: 05 Mar 2021 *

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