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Type Journal Article - Ethiopian Journal of Science and Technology
Title Impact of Radio on Technical Efficiency of Farmers: The Case of Wheat Producing Farmers in Ethiopia
Author(s)
Volume 7
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 1-15
Abstract
This paper examines the effect of radio in improving technical efficiency focusing on
wheat producing farmers selected from 61 woredas in Oromia, Amhara, SNNP and
Tigray regional states in Ethiopia. Propensity score matching (PSM) approach was used
as it is becoming increasingly a standard approach for evaluating impacts using
observational data. The study indicated that technical efficiency level is significantly
higher for farmers that have radio than those who have not. The use of radio appears to
significantly increase the level of technical efficiency as wheat growing farm households
who have radio are more efficient by 6% than those that don't have. The study concludes
and recommends that using radio could be an effective strategy to improve agricultural
efficiency in general and technical efficiency of farmers in particular which indicates the
enormous potential of radio for the transformation of Ethiopia's agriculture.

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