ISD Educates Public on Census of Agriculture
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The Information Services Department (ISD) will, on 30th April, 2018, embark on a campaign to sensitise the public about the forth coming Ghana Census of Agriculture.


The census of agriculture, which will be conducted jointly by the Ghana Statistical Service and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, starts from 30th April to 31st July, 2018 to collect data that will inform national policy on the agricultural sector.


The aim of the census is to provide accurate and reliable information on agriculture activities of the country and make the results available to policy makers and other users to facilitate planning and research.


The census will collect data on crop production, livestock rearing, tree planting, fish rearing and fish capture.


The 2018 census targets everybody residing in Ghana—both citizens and non-citizens will be called upon to respond to questions that will help identify agriculture holders and institutions in the country. Then agriculture holders will be interviewed on their activities, that is, what they do and how they do it.


Accordingly, if farm owners are not available when the census officers visit their households, the caretaker of the farm can answer questions on their behalf.


To ensure that correct information is collected, the GSS and MoFA’s field officers that include field supervisors, monitors from the GSS and MoFA, quality assurance teams, members of the census steering committee and GSS governing board and independent monitors from Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other development partners will be in field.


The GSS and MoFA assured the public that under the laws establishing the GSS, PNDC Law 135, information collected by GSS is to be kept confidential and used only for statistical purposes. Individual data will therefore not be given out to anybody including the individual who provided the information.


The last time Ghana collected data on agriculture was in 1985, some 33 years ago and since a successful agriculture census is essential for the development of Ghana, ISD will use its nationwide and particularly rural reach to raise awareness on the census.


The Department, will through its 175 offices across the country, use the mobile cinema van to inform the public about the census, its importance to Ghana’s development and the need for all agriculture holders and institutions to provide information on their activities.


Source: ISD (Sule N. Jotie)