Stats SA to Conduct Census of Commercial Agriculture

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will from 15 October start a countrywide Census of Commercial Agriculture.

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The exercise will see Stats SA deploy about 600 field staff to various commercial farms across the country.

The study, according to Stats SA, will establish:

  • the number of farms,
  • their size of farms,
  • crop types being farmed in different geographic areas, and
  • agricultural inputs like irrigation usage.

Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke will on Tuesday provide further details as well as the state of readiness for Census of Commercial Agriculture at a press briefing.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recommends that a country conducts a census of agriculture at least every ten years.

“Data collected from the survey is important in painting a picture on size and structure of the agriculture sector, a contribution of the sector to national accounts, and employment figures,” said Stats SA.