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Bongo District Census Of Agriculture Committee Inaugurated (UE/R)

A District Management Team to oversee the implementation of the country’s Census of Agriculture [CA] has been inaugurated in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region.

 

The main objective of the CA is to produce and disseminate complete and reliable agriculture data to meet the needs of users for informed decision making as well as for monitoring development programmes. It will specifically provide information on the rural sector and the structure of agriculture.

In his inaugural address, Upper East Regional Statistician; Mr Festus Manuh, who spoke on behalf of the Government Statistician, disclosed that the CA was the brainchild of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in collaboration with other stakeholders including the Ghana Statistical Service [GSS].

He urged the District Management Team members and all other stakeholders to put all efforts to the CA stressing that, it will be the sure point of contact for updated agricultural sampling frame and also provide solid systems for production and reliable annual agriculture statistics through surveys.

According to Mr Manuh, the GSS will be the lead agency responsible for the implementation of the CA while at the district level; the District Coordinating Director chairs the team and directs its work as well as coordinates the logistical needs. He noted that the last time a CA was conducted in Ghana was in 1984 and emphasised that, the long fallow period of the exercise not being conducted plus other compelling factors have necessitated the implementation of the current CA.

The Regional Statistician said having done the inauguration; the Regional Team will hold further discussions with the district team on the guidelines for field operations, logistical requirements, status of the CA’s implementation and recruitment of field staff amongst others.

Bongo District Coordinating Director, Mr Akaditi Ayambire who chaired the brief function entreated team members to present themselves at all material times for the team’s meetings and other assignments that will be given. He pledged that Management of the Assembly will do everything required to make the CA’s implementation successful.

 

Source: (ISD) Peter Atogewe Wedam

 

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