Preparations toward Census of Agriculture (CA) in Ghana in the last quarter of 2013

01/07/2013

17/01/2013

AGRIC CENSUS SLATED FOR NEXT YEAR

Preparations are underway towards the conduct of a Census of Agriculture (CA) in Ghana in the last quarter of 2013 and beyond. 

The objective of this census is to provide estimates for crops and livestock production activities in the country, as Ghana has not taken CA for almost three decades. FAO recommended that a 10-year interval was the maximum period a country can afford not to have benchmark information on its agriculture. The last CA was held in Ghana in 1984/85.                           

In the absence of CA, the Statistical Research and Information Directorate of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (SRID-MOFA) has conducted annual agricultural surveys covering  limited traditional major crops, with no reliable information on emerging crops as  non-traditional exports.  To this end, the Ghana Satistical Service in collaboration with the SRID-MOFA applied to the Food and Agriculture Organization for Technical Assistance in may 2011, which was granted in September 2012. A team of Agricultural Statistics Expert was appointed to assist in the preparation for the census that is being planned to start in the last quarter of 2013. 

As part of the agricultural statistics experts’ mission, a stakeholders’ meeting was held in Accra on 19th December 2012 to receive inputs from stakeholders in order to finalise the feasibility study for the census. The study would also define the implementation strategy, estimate the associated budget and prepare other project documents. An estimated budget of about 20 million dollars would be needed to finance the project, which will be conducted in four phases and is expected to end in March 2017.

In an address read on behalf of the Acting Government Statistician at the stakeholders’ meeting by Mr, Kofi Agyeman-Duah, the Acting Deputy Government Statistician in charge of Operations, he observed that the census would not only provide the nation with reliable and credible agriculture data but would also lead to the provision of indicators for measuring food security situation and also serve as basis for strengthening the Agricultural Statistical System.

On his part, Dr. Brahim Kebe, Country Representative of FAO, said there was the need to conduct a CA to provide an overview of current agro-structures of the country to better inform policy decisions for further development of agriculture in the country.