The Brong Ahafo Region has, therefore, been divided into zones for the purpose of the training program with kintampo been the Zonal centre.


The Municipal Co-ordinating Director for  Kintampo, Mr. Hayford Kyere, in an opening statement, welcomed participants to the training programme and called on all to fully participate in the exercise.


Ny Kyere said the Census was very dear to  the Governmnent of day since it had introduced a number of agricultural reforms and improvement programs, some of which were Planting for Food and Jobs/Investment; Fertilizer subsidy; Improved seeds; Subsidized Cocoa and cashew mass spraying; and a 10 year Cashew Development Plan, among others.


Furthermore, he said, the programme was to establish a credible baseline data for government and any other agency or institution that might  need it, adding that it would help in  monitoring agricultural production in Ghana.


In his remarks, Mr Patrick Agyekum of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) noted that the census was being carried out per the recommendations of the Food and Agricultural Organization(FAO) as contained in its World Class Agricultural  2020 Modular Approach Programme.


Mr Agyekum recalled, however, that most of the agricultural improvement programmes that had been carried out in the country for sometime now had not been able to give credible information on the dynamics of agriculture in a national character, but that this exercise would provide government with a credible data on agriculture.


He asked Field Officers to work assiduosly within the stipulated 90 days in other to be able to capture the entire Enumerated Areas, adding that the whole exercise was about food sustinability and security.


Mr Hammond Sellasie Attigah of the Ministry of Food and Agricutlure took participants through the use of maps and identified some key features when reading maps such as keys, boundaries and legends, among others, emphasizing that each field officer would be provided with a map for their Enumeration Area which will spell out their operational areas.


The Co-ordinator for the programme, Mr Joe Hannoi, GSS, said the officers would be provided with the required materials at the end of the nine-day training programme, for the exercise to start immediately.


He noted that the farming season now was a good period as much data needed could come in handy from the respondents.


Source: ISD (E D K Tottimeh, Jnr)