Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launches the 11th Agriculture Census in the country

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Source: The post is based on the articleUnion Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launches the 11th Agriculture Census in the countrypublished in PIB on 29th July 2022.

What is the News?

The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has launched the 11th Agricultural Census(2021-22).

What is the Agriculture Census?

The agriculture Census is conducted every 5 years.

Purpose: It 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 among others.

The first Agriculture Census was conducted in 1970-71. The Tenth Agriculture Census was conducted in 2015-16 and the 11th Census was delayed due to the corona pandemic. 

How will the 11th Agriculture Census be conducted?

The fieldwork of the 11th agricultural census will start in August 2022. 

This is the first time that data collection for the agricultural census will be conducted on smartphones and tablets so that data is available in time. This will help in the faster and more accurate enumeration.

Significance: 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.

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