Census on Agriculture and Fisheries to be conducted in Philippines

Rice-fieldsBeginning February 2013, the enumeration for the Census on Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF) will be conducted in all regions and provinces in the Philippines

Through the conduct of a consultative forum, farmers and fishermen will be informed about the census and the usefulness of the data they will provide, and the participants' cooperation/commitment will be also solicited for the success of the said census.

“The activity will help in the publicity and information campaign efforts for the said census and at the same time, it would help us solicit the ideas and views of farmers and fishermen regarding their usual activities, which will guide us in determining the best time for interview," National Statistics Office regional director Olivia Gulla said.

“The effectiveness and success of the 2012 CAF lies on the accuracy and truthfulness of the information that will be provided by the respondents, who are the operators or those who grow crops, raise livestock and/or poultry, fishing operators and operators of fishponds, fish cages, fish pens, and other aquafarms.”

Taken every ten years, the CAF is a large-scale government operation that will gather data to determine the structural characteristics of agriculture, aquaculture, and fisheries sectors for use in national and subnational development planning.

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