The effects of technology transfer, good agriculture practices on the productivity of independent palm oil smallholders

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The development of the palm oil industry has contributed significantly to the export of the agricultural sector and rural livelihoods. In order to enhance the wellbeing of smallholders and the country's exports competitiveness, the palm oil productivity needs to be improved. Palm oil smallholders have to turn to new farming and harvesting technologies to be more productive for generating high income. The guidance and advisory service program was held by Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to educate and increase the awareness on high yield and sustainable oil palm production among the independent smallholders. This study looks at the extent to which the program seeks to transfer the technology with practising sustainable agriculture and the impact on the productivity of the smallholders. Questionnaires were distributed to small farmers. Researchers and trained numerators collected the data through face to face interviews. Regression analysis was used to estimate the effects of training on the smallholder’s productivity. The results confirm that effective guidance and advice leads to better good agriculture practices and productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-304
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Economic Perspectives
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Palm oil
Agriculture
Productivity
Smallholders
Transfer of technology
Guidance
Income
Sustainable agriculture
Regression analysis
Oil industry
Rural livelihoods
Well-being
Agricultural sector
Farming
Malaysia
Small farmers
Export competitiveness
Questionnaire

Keywords

  • Adult learning
  • Agriculture knowledge
  • Productivity
  • Technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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