Agriculture Census


Governments of India have been conducting Agriculture Census quinquennially since 1970-71, based on the broad guidelines of the World Agriculture Census conducted by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of United Nations. An agricultural operational holding is taken as the statistical unit of data collection for describing the structure of Agriculture. The Department of Economics and Statistics is the nodal agency for conducting the census in Kerala. The main objectives of the Agriculture Census are:-

o   To describe Agricultural Structure  and related characteristics of agriculture  by providing statistical data on operational holdings including land utilization, livestock, agricultural machinery and implements, use of fertilizers etc.

o   To provide bench mark data needed for formulating new agricultural development programmes and for evaluating their progress.

o   To provide basic frames of households and operational holdings for carrying out future agriculture surveys and  

o   To lay a basis for developing an integrated programmes for current agricultural statistics.







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