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11th Agriculture Census- Relevance for UPSC Exam

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11th Agriculture Census in News                                      

  • Recently, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched the 11th Agriculture Census (2021-22) in the country.
  • Agriculture Census will bring huge benefits in a vast and agricultural country like India, especially by increasing the farmers’ income.


11th Agriculture Census

  • Background: Agricultural Census is being organized quinquennially, since 1970-71 in collaboration with the States and Union Territories as part of programme of World Census of Agriculture.
  • About: Agriculture Census is a large-scale statistical operation for collection of requisite data and derivation of quantitative information about the structural characteristics of agriculture in the country.
  • Agriculture Census is conducted every 5 years, and 11th Agriculture Census is being undertaken now after delay due to corona pandemic.
    • The field work of agricultural census will start in August 2022.
  • Conducting Authority: Agriculture Census is organized by Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture.



11th Agriculture Census- Key Features

  • This is the first time that data collection for agricultural census will be conducted on smart phones and tablets, so that data is available in time.
  • 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.



11th Agriculture Census- Importance

  • 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.
  • Information obtained through Agriculture Census is tabulated by-
    • Different size classes (marginal, small, semi-medium, medium and large) and
    • Social Groups including Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes
    • These are needed for development planning, socio-economic policy formulation and establishment of national priorities.
  • Census also provides the basis for development of a comprehensive integrated national system of agricultural statistics and has links with various components of national statistical system.


Agriculture Export Touch a Historic High of USD 50 Billion

Agriculture Export Touch a Historic High of USD 50 Billion

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