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Agri census work begins in Kerala

Our Bureau Kochi | Updated on November 16, 2017

The survey will be completed in three phases based on 2010-11 year.

The Department of Economics and Statistics has begun work on the ninth Agricultural Census in the State. The main thrust of the enumeration relates to ascertaining ownership of land, its utility on agriculture, details of crops, mode of irrigation, usage of fertilisers, pesticides etc.

The survey is significant as Kerala is facing the issue of hazardous pesticides use such as Endosulfan. Since the survey is of sample nature, all the households are not enumerated. Among all the panchayats, municipal and corporation wards, only 20 per cent of the wards are selected. The enumeration in the entire households and establishments of the selected wards will be conducted.

The survey will be completed in three phases based on 2010-11 year. During the first phase, the gender ownership of land holdings like male, females will be ascertained. In the second round, the pattern of crops and its source of irrigation are to be collected. The third round will be the detailed survey comprising all the factors related to agricultural use. The enumerators will be Statistical Investigators from the Department of Economics & Statistics.

Significant survey

The survey is significant to Kerala compared to other parts of the country. After implementing the Land Reforms Act in 1957, the area of each land holding in the State has become much lesser than in other parts of India. The Agricultural Census in India has been conducted according to the guidelines prescribed by the Food and Agricultural Organisation as part of the world-wide Census.

The statistics relating to agricultural field is vital as far as our economy is concerned. The Agricultural Census conducted once in five years had started during 1970-71. As many as 8 agricultural censuses have been conducted so far.

A monitoring committee has appealed to the people to co-operate with the enumerators by providing all the necessary information. A meeting convened in this regard at the District Collectorate was attended by the officials of Economics & Statistics, Agriculture and Local Self Government departments.

Since it is purely used for the planning and economic review of the country, people need not be worried in revealing their personal details. The listing of the wards to be selected has begun and the enumeration of households will start soon.

Published on August 08, 2011

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