Effect of mechanisation use intensity on the productivity of rice farms in southern Ghana


  • Emmanuel K. APIORS Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana
  • JOHN K. M. Kuwornu Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • George T-M. KWADZO Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana




mechanisation, productivity, rice farms, southern Ghana, stochastic frontier model


This study analysed the effect of farm mechanisation on productivity of rice farms in southern Ghana. The empirical results of the stochastic frontier model of primary data solicited from 360 rice farmers in southern Ghana revealed that land size cultivated, agrochemical expenditure, tillage intensity, threshing intensity, education and transportation intensity were significant factors that positively influenced partial factor productivity with respect to mechanisation. On the other hand, reaping intensity, over use of fertilizers, and age of farmers negatively influenced partial factor productivity with respect to mechanisation. These results have implications for capacity building and government support to increase productivity on rice farms.


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APIORS, E. K., Kuwornu, J. K. M., & KWADZO, G. T.-M. (2016). Effect of mechanisation use intensity on the productivity of rice farms in southern Ghana. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 107(2), 439-451. https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2016.107.2.16

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