The Information Services Department (ISD) in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Services has organized a day sensitization exercise for residents of Kabilpi in the central Gonja district of the Northern region to educate them on the importance and reasons for the ongoing 2018 Ghana Agricultural Census
The event which was organized by the Northern regional office of the Information Services Department (ISD) and supervised by the headquarters in Accra was to give the public, especially, those in remote areas knowledge and understanding of the whole exercise
Speaking to the gathering, the Northern Regional Director of the Information service Department George Akanlo indicated that, the exercise was to enable government make the right decision in agricultural issues in the country
According to him,the census when done successfully would help government especially, the ministry of food and agriculture to know what type of farming takes place in the various communities and their corresponding needs
He explained that, the exercise would help minimize if not solved completely, the shortage of agric inputs which makes farming difficult for farmers
On her part, Deputy National Director in charge of Media liaison at the Headquarters in Accra, Madam Ethel Codjoe Amissah stressed the need for the public especially, farmers to give accurate information to the field officers who will be visiting their homes for the exercise
She also expressed the hopes in the exercise to solving most of the agricultural challenges faced by Ghana and however bemoaned that, the exercise was experiencing a little delay in the Northern region due to delays in training and dispatching of the enumerators, and assured that, it would be done successfully
The 2018 Ghana Agric census is scheduled to be conducted jointly by the Ghana Statistical Service and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, from 30thApril to 31st July, 2018 to collect data that will inform national policy on the agricultural sector.
The aim of the census is to provide accurate and reliable information on agriculture activities of the country and make the results available to policy makers and other users to facilitate planning and research.
The census will collect data on crop production, livestock rearing, tree planting, fish rearing and fish capture.
The 2018 census targets everybody residing in Ghana—both citizens and non-citizens will be called upon to respond to questions that will help identify agriculture holders and institutions in the country.
Then agriculture holders will be interviewed on their activities, that is, what they do and how they do it.
Accordingly, if farm owners are not available when the census officers visit their households, the caretaker of the farm can answer questions on their behalf.
To ensure that correct information is collected, the GSS and MoFA’s field officers that include field supervisors, monitors from the GSS and MoFA, quality assurance teams, members of the census steering committee and GSS governing board and independent monitors from Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other development partners will be in field.
The last time Ghana collected data on agriculture was in 1985, some 33 years ago and since a successful agriculture census is essential for the development of Ghana, ISD will use its nationwide and particularly rural reach to raise awareness on the census.