17 Feb 2014 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) - The 2014 agriculture census kicks off on Monday with about 500 unemployed youth visiting farms countrywide to record the state of affairs of the sector.
The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) will spend about N.dollars 60 million not only to determine, but to also ensure increased crop and livestock production in all 14 regions of the country.
The first agricultural census was carried out in 1994/95, and covered both the commercial and communal sector of the economy within what was 13 regions at the time.
NSA Project Manager of the Namibia Census of Agriculture 2013/2014, Ndamona Kali said in an interview told Nampa on Friday that the first exercise will only target the communal sector.
The first exercise is scheduled to take place from February to April 2014 and will continue again from April until July 2014 to target the communal sector. During these periods, enumerators will visit farms to conduct face-to-face interviews, she said.
Enumerators will make use of a computer-assisted interview technique, by using a questionnaire on a laptop. The questionnaire aims to collect detailed data on how to address issues affecting agriculture effectively, Kali explained.
The second phase, which includes only the commercial sector, is slated to take place from August until November 2014. Questionnaires will be sent out to farmers through NamPost.
She called on farmers to co-operate with the enumerators and supervisors, who will be easily identifiable through NSA-branded clothing and vehicles.
NSA Statistician-General Dr John Steytler at an information session held at the Harmony Centre on Friday called on the supervisors of the census to carry out their job with pride and without fear and intimidation.
Too many disadvantaged Namibians live in the rural areas and live under the poverty line. With this census we can move a step closer to Vision 2030 and make Namibia a better place for her citizens, he stressed.
Steytler added that through this data collection, Namibia could become independent from food imports and improve her food and economic security.