The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) says it is training 52 enumerators to conduct the National Agricultural Sample Census (NASC) in Nasarawa State.
The Federation’s General Statistician, Adeyemi Adeniran, said this during the enumerators’ training on Friday in the state capital, Lafia.
Mr. Adeniran, represented by NBS Nasarawa Bureau Chief, Bem Benjamin, said the exercise was aimed at equipping surveyors with the skills required to generate accurate agricultural data for the country.
He said the data generated will help the government plan effectively to eradicate hunger and ensure food security in the country.
Mr. Adeniran added that other stakeholders who needed statistics for various purposes would also benefit from the agricultural census.
He explained that 3,096 enumerators were trained across the country to conduct the census within 50 days of training.
According to him, four enumerators each will be assigned to cover 40 clusters in each of the 774 local government areas across the country.
He called on stakeholders, especially local government presidents, to help enumerators in their localities carry out their mission.
Daniel Agyeno, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Planning, who declared the formation open, said it was historic as the last exercise was in 1993/1994.
Represented by the Acting State Statistician General, Isa Abdul-Osama, the Commissioner said the census would provide uniform, complete, accurate and reliable agricultural data for Nigeria.
“Through the Agricultural Census, producers can show the nation the value and importance of agriculture and can influence decisions that will shape the future of Nigeria’s agricultural sector.
“So, to ensure there are robust and reliable statistics, we are determined to put in place a system that will eliminate the attitude of falsifying information,” he said.
The Commissioner advised investigators to do their best to obtain accurate data from the field that would help refocus agricultural statistics for effective service delivery.