Post harvest loss and technical efficiency of rice, wheat and maize production system: assessment and measures for strengthening food security

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This study addresses post harvest losses and technical efficiencies of rice, wheat and maize in Bangladesh. Cobb-Douglas production function was used to estimate the technical inefficiencies of rice, wheat and maize in Bangladesh. The model shows that large farms are more efficient and younger farmers are likely to be more technically efficient for HYV of Aman. Also the farmers who received training and micro credit are more efficient in the production of HYV of Aman and Boro. The post harvest losses at national level from producer to retailer were 12.29% for Boro, 12.18% for Aus and 11.24 for Aman. The estimated total post harvest losses of rice at farm level were 9.49%, 10.51% and 10.59% for Aman, Boro and Aus season respectively. The storage loss of rice is the highest followed by drying, transportation, harvesting and threshing. The storage loss of wheat and maize was relatively small compared to that of rice. The overall food security status is positive at upazila levels. Finally technical inefficiency can be reduced by introducing new technology and extension services and the post harvest losses can be reduced by creating awareness about the importance of proper drying and storage, and improving drying and storage systems.

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Aug 2010
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Food Security
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