Shimla: While addressing a workshop of District level Revenue Officers and Technical Officers of Revenue Officers today, Agiriculure Director J.C. Rana said that 9th Agriculture Census was formally launched in Himachal Pradesh with reference to the year 2010-11 under the centrally sponsored scheme.
The main objective of this scheme is to identify farmers according to size class of holding, their status of ownership and cultivation to know the number and area of marginal and small farmers. It will further help to classify farmers according to size class and social groups such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and others to provide data for five years plans. It is a large scale statistical operation for the collection and derivation of qualitative information about the structure of agriculture in the country.
This information is required for development planning, socio-economic policy formation and establishment of national priorities. Agriculture census is being conducted through revenue field agency in coordination with the technical staff provided by the government of India. At field level about 3000 Revenue Officers/Officials will be involved during the
census operation. This census operation will be conducted in two phases and. The work of 1st phase will be completed by September, 2011 and work of 2nd phase will be completed by June, 2012 at field level.