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Ghana to hold Agricultural Census in 2011

food ITEMSGhana will hold an Agricultural Census in 2011. This forms part of the system review in the area of data management and dissemination of the Ghana Statistics Development Plan.

The Government Statistician, Dr. Grace Bediako, announced this at the opening of the 21st session of the African Commission on Agricultural Statistics in Accra.

The four day conference is held every two years and rotates among FAO member countries in Africa. It brings together Statisticians, economists and producers who share ideas towards developing national systems for supporting agricultural Policies and Programmes.

Dr. Bediako noted that agriculture which is the main stay of the Ghanaian economy, is one of the difficult areas for obtaining accurate and timely data. This, she said, can be corrected if the necessary equipment to facilitate the measurement of supply and demand for agricultural produce are provided.

Dr. Bediako called on government to resource and completely overhaul the Agricultural Statistics system. The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Kwesi Ahwoi, said as part of the country’s effort to ensure effectiveness in the agricultural sector, it is building a comprehensive database of farmers, traders and processors as well as farmer based organizations.

This will provide the basis for government to draw up its Policies and Programmes to meet the needs of beneficiaries. Mr. Ahwoi charged participants to come up with good policies and programmes that will ensure food and raw material security. They should also consider the use of modern technology that will generate timely and early warning agricultural statistics.

Source: GBC NEWS

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