Field staff, supervisors trained on agriculture census
Dimapur, Sep. 11 (EMN): A one-day state-level training programme on 11th Agriculture Census 2021-22 for field officers and supervisors under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, was held on September 9 at the conference hall of directorate of Agriculture, Kohima.
Speaking at the training, director of Agriculture, M Ben Yanthan, informed that the Agriculture Census 2021-22 would provides crucial information on the structural aspects of Indian agriculture, which continues to be the main stay of Indian economy, a DIPR report stated.
Yanthan stated that the 11th Agriculture Census 2021-22 was different from the previous census as the government of India has taken a number of new initiatives to improve the data collection process. One such initiative was the use of latest technology in data collection, he added
The Agriculture director also stated that the collection process should be accurate and efficient as it would enable to conduct Agriculture census on complete enumeration basis in all villages (100% coverage) covering both land record and non-land record of the states and union territories.
Yanthan further requested all the stakeholders to be sincere and make best use of the opportunity in order to upgrade technical capability on data collection accurately and successfully.
At the inaugural session, deputy director (AC) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi, RN Soreithem, stated that though census have been conducted for the past 50 years since 1970-1971, the 11th Agriculture Census 2021-22 would be the first census with hundred percent complete enumeration in all the villages across the country.
He stated that it has achieved 20% coverage consisting of all the north eastern states of India till date. Soreithem also stated that the Ministry was able to take up complete enumeration after the state governments agreed to the proposal for taking up the initiative. The census was launched by the Union minister on July 28, 2022, he informed.
The deputy director also informed that the main stakeholders of the current census would be the field workers and supervisors as data would be collected by the primary workers, which would then be scrutinised and verified by the supervisors adding then only data would be accepted.
Soreithem further stated that the 2021 census was very important because it is going to have data of all public holders and farmers in the country.
The additional director of Agriculture, Peter Yanthan, has urged the staff to take serious note of whatever was discussed in the training.