The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare launched “The Eleventh Agricultural Census (2021-22).”
- This computation will bring huge benefits in a vast and agricultural country like India.
- Agriculture Census is conducted every 5 years, which is being undertaken now after delay due to the Covid – 19 Pandemic.
- Entire Census operation is conducted in three phases and operational holding is taken as a statistical unit at micro level for data collection.
- Based on the agriculture census data collected in three phases, the Department brings out three detailed reports analyzing trends on various parameters at All India and States/UTs level.
- District/Tehsil level reports are prepared by the respective States/UTs.
- Agricultural Census is the main source of information on a variety of agricultural parameters at a relatively minute level, such as the number and area of operational holdings, their size, class-wise distribution, land use, tenancy and cropping pattern, etc.
- The field work of the agricultural census will start in August 2022.
- This is the first time that data collection for agricultural census will be conducted on smartphones and tablets, so that data is available in time.
- It includes:
- Use of digital land records like land title records and survey reports
- Collection of data through app/software using smartphone/tablet.
- Complete enumeration of all villages in states with non-land records during Phase-I as done in states having land records.
- Real time monitoring of progress and processing.
- Most of the States have digitized their land records and surveys, which will further accelerate the collection of agricultural census data.
- The use of digitized land records and the use of mobile apps for data collection will enable the creation of a database of operational holdings in the country.