The National Bureau of Statistics(NBS), says plan has been concluded to embark on National Agricultural Sample Census (NASC) across the 36 states of the Federation in order to boost agricultural value chain and food security.
Prof. Yemi Adeniran, Director of Demography and Household Statistics, NBS, stated this during a sensitisation workshop for stakeholders, held on Thursday in Asaba.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the sensitisation is to prepare NBS officials in the 17 Southern States for the NASC.
Adeniran explained that the census which was a complete enumeration of all agricultural activities within the country will include both small holder farmers and large corporate farmers.
He said small holder farmers or subsistent farmers would be canvassed through the households, while that of the corporate farmers would be done through framework for conducting establishment surveys,” he said.
The director added that the implementation of the exercise would be done in two phases, “the first being the listing phase, and the second being the sample survey phase.
”Under the first phase, enumerators will visit all farms and farming households in selected enumeration areas to collect information.
”The scope of information to be collected under this phase includes demographic details of the holders, type of agricultural activity, such as crop production, fishery, poultry, or livestock.
“The type of produce or product, for instance rice, maize, sorghum, chicken, or cow and the details of the contact persons.
”Under the second phase, a sample of the farms listed under the first phase will be taken and more detailed information collected.
“In addition to the information collected in the first phase, data such as size of the holding, area cultivated, total yield, type of farming practices, inputs, challenges, amongst others, will be gathered,” he said.
Adeniran explained that NASC was in line with standards set by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) activities.
He noted that conventionally, the agriculture census was meant to be conducted between five and 10 years.
He however, said the last round of census was carried out in 1993/94, “hence the crucial need for the census at this time”.
”As you are all aware, the agricultural sector holds a key part in the economic and socio-cultural lives of Nigerians.
The director said a robust training programme has been put in place to equip said field personnel for the census.
He therefore urged participants to use their vast network and platforms to adequately sensitise your colleagues and members about the exercise.
In his remarks, Chairman Governing Board of NBS Dr Kabiru Nakaura, said that the exercise was aimed at gathering data to ascertain the state of farming activities in the country.
Nakaura said the outcome of the exercise would assist government in policy formulation and planning.
The Delta Commissioner for Economic Planning, Dr Barry Gbe, commended the initiative of the Federal Government through NBS.
The commissioner said that the effort to revisit the NASC was germane considering the fact that the exercise was conducted last in 1994.
Among the stakeholders that participated in the workshop were representatives of farmers’ union in Delta, NBC officials from the Southwest, South-South and Southeast. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng