Resource Use Efficiency and Cleaner Agricultural Production: An Application of Technical Inefficiency Effects Model for Paddy Producing Zones of West Bengal

DOI 10.7160/aol.2023.150205
No 2/2023, June
pp. 55-68

Maity, S., Sinha, A., Rath, M. K. and Barlaskar, U. R. (2023) "Resource Use Efficiency and Cleaner Agricultural Production: An Application of Technical Inefficiency Effects Model for Paddy Producing Zones of West Bengal", AGRIS on-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 55-68. ISSN 1804-1930. DOI 10.7160/aol.2023.150205.


It is possible to enhancement of agricultural productivity with environmental sustainability through efficient utilization of resources. This hypothesis is examined by the efficiency and the responsible factors for controlling inefficiency of the farms. The empirical analyses are conducted based on the secondary data of 14 960 farms scattered into five different paddy producing zones of West Bengal, India. The Efficiency estimates disclose that clayey soil texture zone is the most efficient and sandy and gravelly soil texture zone is the least efficient concerning paddy production. The study concludes with appropriate policy implications that the inefficiency on the part of the farms is caused by inefficient utilization of the chemical fertilizers, viz., nitrogen and potassium and insecticides and by the efficient utilization of this the farm can increase its productivity with environmental sustainability.


Paddy production, zonal efficiency, stochastic production frontier, technical inefficiency effects model, environmental sustainability.


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