The National Bureau of Statistics NBS has commenced training of enumerators ahead of the Agricultural Census scheduled for later this year
At the train, the trainer workshop in Abuja, the Statistician-General of the Federation Prince Adeyemi Adeniran said information from the sector would be collated from smallholder and corporate farm enterprises.
He pointed out that Agriculture is a critical sector of the Economy that contributes over 25 percent to the Gross Domestic Product and employs over 50% of the workforce of the country, both directly and indirectly.
Prince Adeniran said the census would cover Crop production, livestock, fishery, and forestry.
In an opening remark, the Director of Agriculture and Business Statistics Department, David Babalola noted that the last Agricultural Census was performed in 1993 which was about 3 decades ago
Before declaring the three-day workshop open, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed congratulated the NBS for finally commencing the survey, saying the government had been investing in the Agriculture sector since 2015.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry; Mrs. Olushola Idowu said more still needed to be done for the nation to be self-sufficient in food production.
The representative of the National Population Commission, Mrs Aisha Adamu stressed that the commission is collaborating with the NBS to ensure the process is fully digitized for accuracy.
Other Development partners at the event including the Food and Agriculture Organization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development pledged support to the Agricultural Census 2022.
Reporting by Annabel Nwachukwu, editing by Daniel Adejo