The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has concluded an arrangement to conduct Agriculture Census in Nigeria with support from the World Bank.
The Director of Demography and Household Statistics at the National Bureau of Statistics, Mr. Yemi Adeniran, said already, the Bureau has organized a sensitization seminar for stakeholders in Keffi, Nasarawa State, and a previous training programme for the enumerators.
“The Agric Census will provide a statistically sound base of information for policymakers, both in the public and private sectors, to make important decisions on boosting output and maximizing potential throughout the entire agriculture value chain,” he said.
The Director said the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) recommends that the Agric Census be conducted every ten years, the last exercise in Nigeria was carried out in 1994.
The Permanent Secretary, Nasarawa State Ministry of Finance, Mr. Emmanuel Mamman described the idea of the Agric Census as a laudable one and promised the State Government’s support to actualize it.
In his remark, the Chairman, Board of the National Bureau of Statistics, Alhaji Kabiru Nakaura said for Agriculture to contribute meaningfully to the economy, accurate data was required, hence the need for all stakeholders to ensure the success of the Agric census.
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