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Agriculture 2018, 8(2), 25; doi:10.3390/agriculture8020025

Assessing and Explaining the Efficiency of Extensive Olive Oil Farmers: The Case of Pelion Peninsula in Greece

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Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Pedion Areos, 38333 Volos, Greece
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Department of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Development, University of Thessaly, 38446 Volos, Greece
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Department of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Received: 5 January 2018 / Revised: 7 February 2018 / Accepted: 11 February 2018 / Published: 13 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Oil Production)
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The production of olives and olive oil in the Mediterranean region is one of the most important cultivations. The continuous changes imposed by the European Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) towards strengthening the influence of market forces have increased the necessity for the assessment of the efficiency of production protocols or patterns being implemented by the farmers. As regards olive trees cultivation, the efficiency of inputs utilization has not been studied in depth, despite the fact that this is a critical issue for both farmers and consumers. This study evaluates the efficiency rates of 100 Greek agricultural holdings specialized on olive trees cultivation by implementing a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) input oriented model. The inputs being used are land, fertilizers, agrochemicals, labour, and energy. The output being used is the revenue of each holding. The results quantify the significant variations of efficiency scores, providing evidence that there is space for restructuring the production process, in order to improve efficiency and thus decrease the production cost of inefficient farmers. View Full-Text
Keywords: Data Envelopment Analysis; olives; efficiency; Greece; Mediterranean region Data Envelopment Analysis; olives; efficiency; Greece; Mediterranean region
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Niavis, S.; Tamvakis, N.; Manos, B.; Vlontzos, G. Assessing and Explaining the Efficiency of Extensive Olive Oil Farmers: The Case of Pelion Peninsula in Greece. Agriculture 2018, 8, 25.

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