Document Type : Regular articles

Authors

1 Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

2 Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Faculty of Science and Agriculture, University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

3 MUAST.CSC Building Second Street Marondera Box Address: P.O. Box 35Marondera.Zimbabwe

4 Department of Agriculture, Bindura University of Science Education

Abstract

This study, aimed at examining the economic efficiency of resettled A1 maize farmers in maize supply chains. The main objective of the study was to find out the most economic supply chain Descriptive statistics was used to describe inputs sources and outputs while DEA was used to assess the economic efficiency of farmers in supply chains. Multi-stage sampling procedure was adopted to sample the respondents in Marondera District. A total of 343 respondents were interviewed using structured interview guide. Results indicated that, A1 farmers participate in a number of markets that include agricultural inputs markets and credit markets which include banks as well as labour markets. Results also indicated that formal channel is more efficient than informal channel. Farmers are economically efficient at production stage than marketing stage. Farmers are recommended to use formal channel of marketing because they are more efficient than informal channel. Farmers will get more money by using the formal channels than informal channels. The government is also recommended to correct inefficiencies and ineffective institutions that have given rise to more informal activities.

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