Arab Journal of Administration المجلة العربية للإدارة


The yield of dates production in Libya has been deteriorated recently. Therefore the objectives of this study are: 1- Study and estimate the dates production average and marginal cost function and to utilized its indicators to understand the production performance of dates in the selected scales in the selected regions under study to utilize the economic farm size of dates and calculate cost elasticity. 2- Identify the optimal and profit-maximizing production scales. The crop budget technique and the average production cost functions have been used to accomplish the previous objectives. The main results can be summarized as follows: - There is inverse relationship between the cultivated area of palm trees and the average cost per date unit, i-e, when the cultivated area of palm trees increased the average cost per date unit decreases, - The average production cost per hectare of date in the first region (wedan) is high because of the levels of irrigation, harvesting and packaging costs. - The four studied production scales have not achieved the production levels that maximize the profits because the utilization of farm inputs is not quite efficient. Consequently, the foregone net profits is estimated at 2388 dinars/hectare in the first farm scale, 150 dinars/hectare in the second farm scale, 1337 dinar/hectare in the third farm scale, and 76 dinars/hectare in the fourth farm scale.