کارایی فنی مزرعه در نظام قابل معامله سهمیه بندی شیر
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|10547||2012||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||8970 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Dairy Science, Volume 95, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 50–62
This paper incorporates the milk quota system into technical efficiency analysis of dairy farms in England and Wales. Our approach accounts for milk quota trade, allowing an investigation of the relationship between the way in which milk quota market is used by farmers and technical efficiency. In addition, several explanatory variables for inefficiency were used. Results obtained from a Bayesian stochastic frontier analysis show that the way in which farmers use the milk quota market is linked to farm efficiency. Other aspects such as environmental payments received by the farmer are linked to inefficiency.
The abolition of the dairy quota regimen in the European Union (EU) by March 31, 2015, will be the end of a policy that started in 1984 as a way to reduce the increasing EU common agricultural policy's (CAP) budget cost. The abolition of milk quotas, which is in concordance with World Trade Organization liberalization process, will expose EU farmers to international market competition, meaning an increase in milk production associated with raw milk price cuts. Under the new scenario, only the most efficient producers will have the chance to remain in business. Therefore, it is relevant, particularly for policy makers, to understand how the use of the quota market and its abolition may affect farm technical efficiency. Specifically, it helps policy makers to support those inefficient farms by identifying where inefficiencies arise as well as the drivers behind inefficiency. The associated effects of quota regimens in the short and long run at the market (e.g., welfare changes, market inefficiency) and farm levels (e.g., higher average costs, farm inefficiency) using comparative static analysis were highlighted by Dawson (1991) and Van Kooten and Spriggs (1984). Dawson (1991) noted that the economic rent of quota (i.e., the difference between the milk price under the quota system and the competitive market price times the milk quota) will be used by efficient producers to acquire quotas from inefficient producers if quota trade is permitted. The introduction of a milk quota system affects farm and milk market efficiency by reducing the output of farms. In the early stages of the introduction of the quota system, UK milk production was reduced by culling cows and reducing concentrate feeding or by throwing milk down the drain (Harvey, 1985). Under a fixed milk quota system, where trading quota is not permitted, technical improvements, and structural change would be constrained. Under a more flexible system that allowed transferring milk quota it would be expected that efficient farmers would expand their business at the expense of less efficient farmers. The introduction of a milk quota system has accelerated the changes in milk production in England and Wales. The dairy herd has suffered approximately a 40% decrease in the last few decades, from approximately 3,480,000 dairy cows in 1973 to approximately 2,090,000 in 2005 (Defra, 2011). This decrease in dairy cow numbers has been further pronounced since 1984, the year in which the quota system was put in place. Between 1973 and 1983 (i.e., before the introduction of the quota system), the decline in the dairy herd numbers was approximately 5%, whereas from 1984 to 2005, the dairy herd numbers plummeted by 37%. Despite this decrease in the dairy herd, the level of production has not been affected because of an increase in the milk yield per cow, which greatly increased in the 1990s. The number of dairy farms has also suffered a large cut in England and Wales. The number of holdings decreased from 28,093 in 1995 to 12,867 in 2007, a 54% reduction. However, holdings structure has adapted by increasing the number of cows per holding. Thus, the average herd size in England and Wales has increased from 76 in 1996 to 97 in 2004. Milk deliveries have passed from being over quota in the 1990s to being under quota during recent years, especially during 2007 and 2008, when the milk delivery reached 744 million liters under the 14,139 million liters of quota. This may leave room for efficient farmers to go over quota without being fined because the system allows farmers to go over quota with no penalties if the national milk deliveries are under. Both permanent and temporary transactions of quota have been decreasing during the period as well as the number of producers leasing quota (Rural Payments Agency, 2002–2007; Milk Development Council, 2009). Movements of net regional purchases of wholesale quota have been reduced between 2002 and 2007. A transfer of wholesale quota from England to Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland has occurred (Rural Payments Agency, 2002–2007; Milk Development Council, 2009). With regard to the net lease of wholesale quota in England and Wales, the pattern is similar to that of purchasing wholesale quota. In net terms, England leases quota out whereas Wales leases quota in (Rural Payments Agency, 2002–2007; Milk Development Council, 2009). We developed a theoretical background to incorporate the milk quota market into technical efficiency analysis, which allowed us to investigate whether different business structures regarding the use of quota market were correlated with inefficiency. To our knowledge, this is the first time the EU milk quota trade system has been incorporated into stochastic frontier analysis. Recently, Breustedt et al. (2011) incorporated a milk quota system, where milk quota was not easily adjusted in the short run, into data envelopment analysis to examine the effect of abolishment of the EU milk quota on the competitiveness of organic dairy farming in the Bavaria region of Germany. Hennessy et al. (2009) studied the inefficiencies associated with regionalized milk quota trade and found that the more freely quota is traded, the more efficient the outcome of the sector as a whole. Colman (2000) studied the economic efficiency of UK dairy farms under a milk marketing quota system and found that despite tradable quotas, a significant number of dairy farmers achieved a poor match between available quota and production. This article is dedicated to examining the technical efficiency of milk-producing farms under the CAP milk quota system using stochastic frontier analysis (Aigner et al., 1977; Meeusen and van den Broeck, 1977), which has been used previously to study technical efficiency in dairy farms (Lawson et al., 2004; Iraizoz et al., 2005; Cabrera et al., 2010). We address the abolition of quota and the likely implications for the English and Welsh dairy sector. Both average and individual performance of dairy farms in England and Wales between 2000 and 2005 were evaluated using a sample of a stochastic multiple output distance function, the parameters of which were estimated carrying out a Bayesian approach.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Our results showed that being efficient was linked to acquiring quota through a tradable milk quota system. The level of participation in the quota market was correlated with efficiency. In particular, farmers who purchased or leased quota were found to be more efficient than those who sold or leased quota out. Also, those farms that tended to go over allocated quota were more efficient than farms whose milk quota delivery was below the farm allocated quota. Finally, farmers who received relatively high payments for conducting complex environmental management were less efficient than those who received relatively small payments or no payment at all.