Efficiency Evaluation Study about the New and the Old Circulation Modes of Agricultural Products of Fruits and Vegetables in Beijing

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Abstract

Firstly, there is a brief introduction about the new and the old circulation modes of Agricultural Products of fruits and vegetables in Beijing. And there will be an empirical analysis about it by constructing DEA model. The conclusion is that efficiency of the new circulation mode is higher than the old one. And the new mode can compensate for the low efficiency of the old model circulation deficiencies and improve the efficiency of agricultural products circulation of fruits and vegetables in Beijing.

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Tang, X. , Wang, R. , Yang, F. and Huang, L. (2016) Efficiency Evaluation Study about the New and the Old Circulation Modes of Agricultural Products of Fruits and Vegetables in Beijing. Modern Economy, 7, 1050-1060. doi: 10.4236/me.2016.710107.

1. Introduction

With the advancement of the process of Integration of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei regions, the non-functional core industries of Beijing will move away gradually. So circulation efficiency will become a decisive factor in agricultural products to meet the demand of fruits and vegetables in Beijing. Although currently the circulation system of Beijing has formed a certain scale, but there are still many problems in circulation mode such as information technology of circulation is immature, the level of the logistics technology is low and the quality and safety of agricultural products are difficult to guarantee. In addition, with the increasing demand of consumers, it is the most important issue for development of agricultural products logistics to build a new mode of efficient circulation of agricultural products and it also will change some backward states to meet consumers’ demand [1] .

For now, circulation models of agricultural products in Beijing mainly include wholesale market oriented mode, mode with supermarket as core, mode with logistics centre as main body, mode with leading enterprise as core, agricultural products direct selling, electronic commerce, etc. But Beijing’s agriculture products circulation has a bad organized system, with many and diverse processes and inefficiency in many aspects, so it increases the cost of the self-employed in the transaction process to cause high prices of agricultural products and farmers cannot share the benefit brought by the rising agricultural product price; in agricultural product logistics, the waste is in a high-level and the efficiency is very low; the agricultural product supply chain has not yet been formed because of the lack of circulation main body with the feature of supply chain core enterprises [2] .

Therefore, this paper proposes a new circulation mode that is re-integration of land resources and social resources in the perspective of the whole industry chain. The existing mode is circulation organizers and producers of large scale plant fruits and vegetables by renting or buying land. And the new circulation mode is powerful circulation organizers as procurement centers which are dominant power to control the flow of agricultural products and to regulate resources and circulation channels of agricultural products.

2. The New and the Old Circulation Modes of Agricultural Products of Fruits and Vegetables in Beijing

The old circulation mode of agricultural products of fruits and vegetables is same as the existing mode mentioned in the above. The new circulation mode share and reuse of existing land resources and product resources in the perspective of the whole industry chain.

2.1. The Old Circulation Modes of Fruits and Vegetables in Beijing

2.1.1. The Wholesale Markets as the Leading Circulation Mode

The circulation mode of fruits and vegetables, is dominated by the wholesale markets,is the main flow pattern of Beijing at present. The wholesale markets have a strong distribution function, but they have no ability to directly face the huge number of producers and buyers of fruits and vegetables,so it can not only exist the wholesale market in the circulation processes that other main bodies of circulation will certainly join in [3] . The diagram of the model is shown in Figure 1.

2.1.2. The Circulation Modes of Fruits and Vegetables from Farm to Market

This mode is based on direct procurement between powerful supermarkets and agricultural producers of fruits and vegetables through contracts. In other words, supermarkets have their own direct mining bases that reduce the circulation of links and improve the efficiency of logistics fundamentally. However, this model also has difficulties to implement: 1) Loose, small mode of production led to the difficulty of direct procurement. 2) Lack of technical guidance of crop specifications, quality and so cannot be guaranteed. 3) Traditional ways of capital settlement affect docking efficiency [4] . The

Figure 1. The wholesale markets as the leading circulation mode.

diagram of the model is shown in Figure 2.

2.1.3. Logistics Center as the Main Circulation Mode

With the continuous development of science and technology and the acceleration of the market process, the types of agricultural products, production and processing and consumption are also becoming increasingly diverse. The background of this circulation mode is some sharp carriers want to develop logistics company by integrating resources. And the logistics company will be an integrated logistics center to achieve fast and efficient distribution of agricultural products. The model is connected to the producer and terminal retailers, so it reduces the wholesale segments to improve the circulation efficiency of agricultural products, ensure freshness of agricultural products and reduce the logistics cost [5] . The diagram of the model is shown in Figure 3.

2.1.4. Leading Enterprises as the Dominant Circulation Mode

Agricultural producers and leading enterprises signed a contract and leading enterprises will buy agricultural products with slightly higher price than the market under this mode. Besides,leading enterprises will provide farmers with the information of products and technical guidance then farmers will produce and harvest in accordance with the standards set by the leading enterprises. That will reduce farmers’ risk, because farmers and leading enterprises which have the ability to control the information and bear a strong risk have signed a contract. But leading enterprises as buyer still stand in advantage, the benefits of farmers cannot be fully guaranteed [6] . The diagram of the model is shown in Figure 4.

2.2. The New Circulation Modes of Fruits and Vegetables in Beijing

The new circulation mode is the innovation of the circulation mode of the fruits and vegetables in Beijing from the perspective of the whole industry chain. Specifically, it controls resources of agricultural products as the core by the global ideological guidance, controls the planting by a core enterprise, controls its sales by downstream in the supply train, controls the circulation of the entire process. Through the whole industry chain resources’ integration and information sharing, the quality and safety of agricultural products will be guaranteed,the circulation efficiency will improve and the prices of agricultural products will be stabilize.

The new circulation mode share and reuse of existing land resources and product resources in the perspective of the whole industry chain. The aim of reusing existing land resources is to realize the innovate circulation of “organizers + producer” mode

Figure 2. The circulation modes of fruits and vegetables from farm to market.

Figure 3. Logistics center as the main circulation mode.

Figure 4. Leading enterprises as the dominant circulation mode.

and the scale of the fruit and vegetable agricultural production by renting or buying land. The diagram of the model is shown in Figure 5. The aim of reusing existing product resources is to control the circulation of agricultural products by changing the powerful organizers into the procurement center. The diagram of the model is shown in Figure 6.

3. Efficiency Evaluation about the New and the Old Circulation Modes of Agricultural Products of Fruits and Vegetables

Beijing existing several circulation modes mentioned above and the new circulation modes based on the whole industry chain were compared to empirical analysis to get the highest efficiency of circulation mode by establishing DEA evaluation model and

Figure 5. The innovative circulation of “organizers + producer” mode.

Figure 6. The innovative circulation of changing the powerful organizers into the procurement center.

index system.

3.1. Set-Up of DEA Evaluation Model

3.1.1. Setting Evaluation Indexes

According to the research setting evaluation indexes, science and objectivity cannot be fully guaranteed, so that the evaluation results will be affected accordingly. So the setting of index is very important especially in the case of a wide range of factors in the process of circulation of agricultural products. DEA is an analytical method commonly used in the evaluation of efficiency and productivity. It is not necessary to quantify the comprehensive input and output and determine the mathematical relationship expression between variables and determine the weight in advance. Only through the input and output data, it can effectively handle multiple input and multiple output indicators evaluation.

3.1.2. Construction of C2R Model

Setting vi as the weight of the i-th index of xi, ur as the weight of the r-th output index of

yr, so the j-th circulation patterns into integrated value is, the comprehensive value of output is [7] . Its production efficiency is defined as

So the problem is actually to determine a group of the right variables V1, V2, V3 and U1, U2, so that the efficiency of the j-th circulation enterprise how to make efficiency value hj maximum value. The maximum value is the value that is not likely to be higher to the other modes. Limiting all hj values (j = 1, 2, 3) to no more than 1, max hj ≤ 1. That is to say, to determine whether a DMU is valid need to see whether the hk is 1. If hk = 1, the circulation system in the circulation mode is relatively effective. If hk < 1, the circulation system in the circulation mode is not relatively effective. According to the above analysis, it can be established to determine the relative productivity optimization model of any enterprise is as follows:

3.1.3. Evaluating DMUs and Building the Efficiency Model

Formally, consider n circulation enterprises or DMUs that are to be evaluated, all using the same m inputs to produce p different outputs. The following table shows the input and output relations of these circulation enterprises (Table 1).

The efficiency evaluation index of each DMU is defined as:

The mode of relative efficiency optimization evaluation of the j0-th decision making unit is:

Table 1. To represent the input and output relations of these circulation enterprises.

In the above model, Xij, Yrj are known, vi, ur are variable. The model definition are weight coefficient vi, ur as variable, all efficiency indicator hj of DMUs as constraint, the efficiency index of the j0-th DMU as the goal. Whether the circulation efficiency of the j0-th DMU is effective over other DMUs, this is a fractional programming model, which must be changed into a linear programming model to solve the problems. Making μr = tur, ωi = tvi, the above model is translated into:

Written in vector form as:

The dual problem is:

Written in vector mode:

The optimal solution is λ*, S*, S*+, θ*, so we can get the following conclusions:

1) If θ* = 1, DMUj0 is a weak DEA efficiency (overall);

2) If θ* = 1 and S* = 0, S*+ = 0, DMUj0 is a DEA efficiency (overall);

3) If θ* < 1, DMUj0 is a DEA invalid;

4) If there is a () in which holds, then economies of

scale of DMUj0 remains same; If there is not a () in which holds

and, then economies of scale of DMUj0 remains increasing; If there is not a () in which holds and, then econo-

mies of scale of DMUj0 remains decreasing.

3.2. Empirical Analysis on the New and the Old Circulation Modes of Agricultural Products of Fruits and Vegetables

Beijing is a metropolis of China’s fruit and vegetable consumption of agricultural products, so it has a frequently circulation of agricultural products, fruits and vegetables, empirical to the new and the old circulation modes of agricultural products of Beijing as the object, with various circulation patterns representative of the participants, including supermarkets, enterprises, wholesale markets, farmers market.

We get the initial investment and the final output of each link in the old and new circulation mode, according to the fruit and vegetable agricultural products related information access and empirical research, collection and processing of various data. The following data mainly come from the statistical yearbook and the field research.

3.2.1. Input Indicators

1) Material and service costs x1 (yuan), including direct and indirect two parts.

2) Labor cost x2 (yuan), including the discount on their own labor and the wages paid to others.

3) Land cost x3 (yuan), including their own land rent and other collective land rent.

4) Logistics and transportation time costs x4 (ten thousand yuan).

3.2.2. Output Indicators

1) The main finished product x5 (kg).

2) Net profit x6 (yuan). The formula of net profit: net profit = total profit x (1-Tax rate).

3) Cost margin x7 (%). Profit margin is the ratio of the surplus value to the total advance capital.

4) The average selling price for each 50 kg x8.

3.2.3. Empirical Analysis Based on DEA Model

It chooses Beijing as the object of empirical study and selects representative supermarkets, enterprises, wholesale markets, farmers market and etc as the respondents.

1) In the wholesale market as the dominant circulation mode. Beijing Xinfadi whole- sale market is DMU1, Beijing Yuegezhuang wholesale market is DMU2, Beijing Eight Mile Bridge wholesale market is DMU3.

2) “Farmer-Supermarket Direct-Purchase” as circulation mode. Carrefour supermarket is DMU4, Wal-Mart is DMU5, Hualian Supermarket is DMU6.

3) Logistics center as the main circulation mode. CMST is DMU7, Zhongdu logistics company is DMU8.

4) Leading enterprises as the dominant circulation mode. Tianan agriculture is DMU9, Material group is DMU10.

5) The circulation mode of agricultural products from the perspective of the whole industry chain. Eggplant Planting Farmers are DMU11. Survey data obtained are shown in Table 2.

The results of DEA evaluation are in Table 3.

Table 2. To show the sample data of five circulation modes.

Table 3. To show the results of DEA evaluation.

The determination theorem of the solution of the DEA model can be known: If θ = 1 and S* = S*+ = 0, DMU j0 is the overall effective DEA. Table 3 shows that DMU4 and DMU11 are the overall effective DEA in 11 DMUs, others are invalid DMUs. So the output and input of DMU4 and DMU11 will reach the maximum value.

From the output of the θ value can be seen five circulation modes of the highest efficiency is the circulation mode of the fruits and vegetables from the perspective of the whole industry chain.

4. Summary

From above contents, we can get that the efficiency of circulation mode of agricultural products of fruits and vegetables from the perspective of the whole industry chain is highest. That is the new circulation model which is more efficient than the old one. Thus, the new circulation model can make up for the deficiency of the circulation efficiency of the old mode and it can promote the circulation efficiency of agricultural products of fruits and vegetables in Beijing.

But there are still some limitations about the circulation mode of agricultural products from the perspective of the whole industry chain.

Under the model system, the workload of the core enterprise is huge, including production management of agricultural products, agricultural raw materials and agricultural procurement, agricultural product technical advice and guidance, monitoring the quality of agricultural products, detection, agricultural products sales channels and so on, so the strength of the core enterprises will be very high.

The mode has the certain risk, such as: the risks of obtaining orders, the risk of agricultural purchasing and the risk of agricultural products cannot be shipped out promptly, etc.

In short, if you want to change the present situation of Beijing’s logistics, you should stabilize prices of agricultural products, guarantee the quality and safety of agricultural products, improve the efficiency of logistics, and reduce logistics cost. And it must be guided by the idea of industrial chain to encourage the participants in the industry chain to coordinate and cooperate and complement each other. At the same time, the government should introduce corresponding policies and regulations, provide corresponding financial subsidies and regulate the circulation order of agricultural products by macro-control means. In addition, there will be a worthy research area to create a model of agricultural product logistics with Chinese characteristics, that is how to combine the successful experience of foreign countries and the actual situation of our country [8] .

*Project fund support: The work was supported by Beijing Nova Program (Z121106002512043); The General Social Science Program of Beijing Municipal Education Commission (SM201310037001); Philosophical and Social Science Program (12JGC107).

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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