Resources Science ›› 2018, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (4): 838-850.doi: 10.18402/resci.2018.04.17

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Labor transfer, cooperative operation and forestry production efficiency based on surveys of farmers in 9 forestry counties in Fujian

Yaqing HAN1(), Limei LIN2, Yuanzhu WEI1,4(), Shipeng SU3, Jiaxian XU3   

  1. 1. Economic College of Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China
    2. School of Public Administration, Fujian Jiangxia University,Fuzhou 350108, China
    3. College of Public Management of Fujian Agricultural and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China
    4. Ningde Normal University, Ningde 352100, China
  • Received:2017-10-15 Revised:2018-02-28 Online:2018-05-02 Published:2018-05-02

Abstract:

During the process of industrialization and urbanization the continuous transfer of rural labor has become an important factor restricting the sustainable development of forestry. In order to investigate forestry production efficiency and evaluate the effect of labor transfer and cooperative operation on it, we measured the efficiency of forestry production and analyzed the relationship between labor transfer, forestry cooperation and forestry production efficiency using the DEA-Tobit model and survey data from nine forestry counties in Fujian. We found that household forestry still tends to be extensively managed. Forestry production efficiency stayed at a low level (0.203) and there are obvious differences in production efficiency among different forest management types. Labor transfer had a significant inhibitory effect on forestry production efficiency, namely cooperative forestry operation can promote it and brought positive regulating effect on the relationship between labor transfer and forestry production efficiency. Labor force character, woodland management characteristics and different types of forestry management also affected forestry production efficiency to some extent. Thus, rural labor transfer is restricting forestry development. Farmers should be encouraged to build up joint operations and engage in mutual assistance to promote the integration of production factors and utilization efficiency and overcome shortages in family forestry labor caused by labor transfer.

Key words: labor transfer, cooperative operation, household forestry production efficiency, DEA-Tobit model, forestry counties, Fujian Province