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Efficiency analysis of commercial grape-producing family farms in the Republic of Macedonia

influence of selected targets from the Rural Development Programme

Manevska-Tasevska, Gordana (2011). Efficiency analysis of commercial grape-producing family farms in the Republic of Macedonia. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2012:1
ISBN 978-91-576-7685-6
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An empirical analysis was conducted on the efficiency of commercial grape-producing family farms in the Republic of Macedonia in order to examine how farm performance is influenced by selected aspects of the current Rural Development Programme (RDP) (2007-2013). The emphasis was on Macedonian grape production on family farms and on instruments for more efficient use of resources, production modernisation, vine revitalisation, and the knowledge and managerial capacity of Macedonian grape growers. A two-stage analysis was carried out on farm-level data for the period 2006-2008. The estimated efficiency scores indicated that substantial efficiency improvements are possible on Macedonian grape-producing farms, with potential for a cost decrease of 29% (20% and 36% with parametric and bootstrapping applied) if farmers manage inputs more efficiently. Farm revenue can be improved by 47% (61% when bootstrapping applied) if farmers manage to increase the value of outputs. More efficient farms used a smaller area, irrigated a smaller proportion of total area, used less hired labour, used and paid less for inputs, but produced a larger quantity, with higher value per hectare. The technically more efficient farmers were: younger farmers, farmers with profit maximisation objectives; farmers with lower expectations of a better future for farming; farmers making choices with other family members; farmers monitoring production on the farm and maintaining bookkeeping records; those attending seminars, and those interested in competence-based knowledge such as plant protection, credit/investments. Interventions in production assortment and quality have potential to influence farm performance. Rural development policies can help improve farm efficiency. RDP measures targeted at achieving stable yield, yield improvement and modernisation of equipment, improving farmers' managerial performance and strengthening the capacity of sources providing non-formal education should be a high priority.

Authors/Creators:Manevska-Tasevska, Gordana
Title:Efficiency analysis of commercial grape-producing family farms in the Republic of Macedonia
Subtitle:influence of selected targets from the Rural Development Programme
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :December 2011
Number of Pages:57
I.Manevska-Tasevska, G., Hansson H., Latruffe, L. (2011). Evaluating the potential effectiveness of Rural Development Programme targets on farms in FYR Macedonia – An efficiency study of grape producing family farms. Food Economics – Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section C, DOI:10.1080/16507541.2011.637734.
II.Manevska-Tasevska, G., Hansson H. (2011). Does managerial behaviour determine farm technical efficiency? A case of grape production in an economy in transition. Managerial and Decision Economics, 32(6), 399- 412.
III.Manevska-Tasevska, G . Farmers’ knowledge attributes contribute for attaining higher farm technical efficiency: A transition economy case. Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (second round submission).
IV.Manevska-Tasevska, G. Influence of product assortment on the efficiency of grape-growing family farms in Macedonia - DEA approach. Submitted for publication to Journal of Wine Research.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Dept. of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7685-6
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E10 Agricultural economics and policies
E Economics, development, and rural sociology > E16 Production economics
X Agricola extesions > X70 Economics and management
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Area economics > Agricultural economics
Agrovoc terms:family farms, efficiency, plant production, vitis vinifera, wine grapes, regression analysis, rural development, development policies, former yugoslav republic of macedonia
Keywords:data envelopment analysis, efficiency, family farms, grape, regression analysis, Republic of Macedonia, Rural Development Program, Stochastic frontier
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ID Code:8496
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Economics
External funders:Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Deposited By: Gordana Manevska-Tasevska
Deposited On:14 Dec 2011 08:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:48

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