GHANA TO CONDUCT FIRST AGRICULTURE CENSUS IN 33 YEARS
ACCRA– Training of trainers workshops have been held in Ghana’s 10 administrative regions (provinces) this week in preparation for the conduct of a nationwide agriculture census for the first time in 33 years.
The last time a census of agriculture was carried out in this West African country was in 1985.
The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Owusu Afriyie Akoto, said in a message to the regional workshops, the training which had been provided to the trainers was crucial in order for them to effectively train field personnel for data collection.
He called on the media to assist in the national exercise by creating public awareness and appealed to local chiefs, religious and other opinion leaders to assist in the publicity campaign.
With the support of the media and the public we can succeed in obtaining credible data on agriculture that will lead to accelerated national development, the Minister said.
The census seeks to provide current information on the structure of agriculture in the country vital to the rebasing of Ghana’s gross domestic product (GDP). It will also provide statistics on agriculture for policy makers to allocate public resources effectively and to better identify, prepare, implement and evaluate development projects aimed at promoting agriculture in the rural areas.
It will provide current information to help address environmental issues at the community level; and provide relevant information for use by stakeholders including farmers, researchers, students, international and other organizations.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK