Govt launches 11th Agri Census 2021-22, using smartphones, and tablets to collect data.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched the eleventh agricultural census on Thursday to collect information on a variety of factors, including operating holdings. For the first time, data will be gathered using cellphones and tablets.
The fieldwork for the Eleventh Agricultural Census (2021-22) will begin in August 2022, according to a statement from the agriculture ministry.
‘Agriculture Census is conducted every 5 years, which is now being undertaken after a delay due to the corona pandemic,’ it stated.
From 1970 to 1971, the ministry is carrying out an agriculture census scheme. The tenth census, with the reference year 2015-16, was held.
The agricultural census is the primary source of data on a wide range of criteria, including the number and size of operational holdings, their size, class-wise distribution, land use, tenancy, and cropping pattern, among others.
According to the ministry, this is the first time that data for the agricultural census will be collected via cellphones and tablets, ensuring that data is available on time.
The majority of states have digitized their land records and surveys, which will expedite the collection of agricultural census data.
‘The use of digitized land records and mobile apps for data collecting will enable the construction of a database of operating holdings throughout the country,’ according to the statement.
Tomar believes that this calculation will be extremely beneficial in a vast and agricultural country like India. According to the minister, the government is working on raising farmer income.
‘In addition, there is a need to modify their way of life, organize small farmers to lure them to remunerative crops, and ensure the quality of the produce is on par with global standards,’ he said.
‘He stated. According to Tomar, the country is fast going toward digital agriculture. ‘Now is the time to fully utilize technology in this computation. He stated that the Agriculture Census should be viewed in a broader context. Agricultural computations can also help with crop mapping so that the country benefits’ He stated.
Tomar directed that the census be carried out with zeal by the federal government, state governments, and relevant institutions.
On this occasion, the minister issued the ‘Handbook on Operational Guidelines for Census’ for use by states/UTs, as well as launched the ‘Data Collection Portal/App.’