Indonesia to conduct agriculture census next year

Source:Xinhua Published: 2012-11-1 13:25:25

Indonesia's Central Statistics Agency (BPS) will spend at least 1.4 trillion rupiah (about $145.75 million) to finance an agriculture census scheduled to be held nationwide in May next year, aimed at providing a comprehensive mapping of the country's logistic potential, local media reported on Thursday.

The census, held every 10 years, would be the sixth since the first census was held in 1963, during which the BPS mapped agriculture potential in villages throughout Indonesia, except in Papua.

The last census, which was held in 2003, covered 33 provinces, 471 regencies, 6,523 subdistricts, 69,050 villages and 41.8 million farmer households.

In 2013, the BPS aims to map agriculture potential using the census in 33 provinces, which consists of 497 regencies or municipalities, 6,793 subdistricts, 79,075 villages and around 67 million farmer households.

In the upcoming census, the BPS will conduct a survey on all agricultural sectors available in the country, including plantations, paddy fields, crops, horticulture, husbandry, poultry and fishery sectors.

The data compiled during the census will be analyzed in 2014 and the final results will be publicly announced in 2015.

"The BPS will deploy between 250,000 and 300,000 surveyors to conduct interviews for the agriculture census, which will take place from May 1 to May 31 next year," BPS Chairman Suryamin said on Wednesday.

The surveyors will compile agriculture data by directly visiting respondents' houses and offices. During the visit, surveyors will interview respondents using a questionnaire.

The agriculture sector is one of the main contributors to Indonesia's gross domestic product, which was worth 7,427 trillion rupiah last year, the Jakarta Post reported.

Based on the BPS data, the sector contributed 14.7 percent of last year's GDP, second only to the manufacturing sector, which contributed 24.3 percent.

The data also shows that 36.52 percent of Indonesia's workforce, estimated to stand at around 112.8 million individuals, works in the agriculture sector.

Therefore, Suryamin said that the census was crucial for gathering data to be analyzed and used by policymakers to determine further steps that the country needed to take to achieve food security.

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