Measurement of Technical Efficiency of Durian Production in Thailand: An Application of Data Envelopment Analysis Approach

Surakiat Parichatnon, Kamonthip Maichum, Ke-Chung Peng

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate and measure the technical efficiency of durian production in each province of Thailand using the data envelopment analysis (DEA) during the period 2012-2016. The findings indicate that the technical efficiency of Thai durian production revealed favorable results from 2012 to 2016 but still needs to be improved since the technical efficiency score is not close to 1.000. On the other hand, Chanthaburi province had the highest mean efficiency score and was recognized as the best province for Thai durian production. Moreover, the study found that Phuket province had lowest mean technical efficiency score of Thai durian production, which therefore should be increased the quantity of the outputs and inputs. Therefore, the results of this study can provide important information to farmers, agricultural planners and government agencies to help increase the technical efficiency levels of durian production in Thailand.

Keywords

Data envelopment analysis; Durian production; Technical efficiency; Thailand

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