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CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN GHANA LATER THIS YEAR

The Ghana Statistical Service in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is to conduct a Census of Agriculture in the country.  It is aimed at gathering data covering agriculture in the whole country through the collection, processing, publishing and dissemination of information on its structure.  In line with this a District Management Team for the Census of Agriculture for Sunyani West in the Brong Ahafo Region has been inaugurated by the National Coordinator of the Census of Agriculture, Francis Dzah. Speaking prior to the inauguration of the Sunyani West District Management Team, the National Coordinator of the Census, Mr. Francis Dzah, said data will be collected directly from households and institutions who are engaged in agriculture activities such as Crop Farming, Tree planting and Livestock rearing. He again noted that information will also be collected from communities mainly on the geography, availability of basic facilities, socio- economic conditions, transport infrastructure, availability of community services, and potential for development as well as constraints to development.  Mr. Dzah added that the Census of Agriculture will help provide information on the rural sector and the structure of agriculture including number of holders and sizes of holdings and their distribution across the country.  It will also focus on mechanization and technology use, human resource availability, land tenure systems of agriculture holdings and food security as well as their sustainability. He was optimistic that the implementation of the Census of Agriculture will help strengthen the national agriculture statistics system, thereby improving the regular production of information to better identify, prepare, implement and evaluate developmental projects, as well as estimate national accounts.  It would also provide data for others such as researchers, students, industrialists, international organisations among others. According to him, the management structure of Census of Agriculture will consist of the Government Statistician as the director of the project, the Director of Statistics, Research and Information of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Mr. Dzah equally noted that there will be a Census of Agriculture Coordinator to be in charge of day-to-day organization supported by six deputies from key institutions to run the Census Secretariat. The National Bureau of Census of Agriculture (NBCA) and a Technical Committee will serve as an advisory body. The District Chief Executive for Sunyani West, Agness Kusi who spoke to Develop Ghana Newspaper was hopeful that the programme which is scheduled to start in October this year will help boost agriculture in the region and the nation at large.
Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/    
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