China starts 2nd national agriculture census

02-01-2007 | |

China’s second national agriculture census kicked off Monday, with more than seven million census takers beginning to visit rural families for registration. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said nationwide registration for over 200 million rural families in more than 30,000 townships will take about one month.

The nationwide census will last from January to April 2007. Information will
be collected mainly through site enquiries about farm production, employment,
migration, environmental conditions, land use, fixed-asset investment and life
quality in rural areas.

China’s first agricultural census was conducted
in 1996. Since then, the government has adopted a series of policies to protect
farmers’ interests, including abolishing agricultural taxes, providing subsidies
and setting minimum prices for grain and maximum prices for
fertilizers.

Chinese vice premier Hui
Liangyu
 has called for careful on-the-spot enquiries. Hui urged all
the census takers to be thorough in gathering materials so as to provide
reliable information.

He also called for farmers to answer census takers
accurately, saying the census would lay the foundation for the country’s efforts
to deal with agricultural issues and protect farmers’ interests.

 

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