The Census, which will be done by November 15, 2012, will provide long needed updated information on Peru's agricultural sector that will allow establishing public policies to develop Peru's agriculture.
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New Agricultural Census
Gaspar E. Nolte
After 18 years, Peru began unrolling the new Agricultural Census. The Census, which will be done by
November 15, 2012, will provide long needed updated information on Peru's agricultural sector that will
allow establishing public policies to develop Peru's agriculture.
From October 15 to November 15, the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the National
Statistical Institute (INEI) will be carrying out the IV National Agricultural Census. USDA through
the Foreign Agricultural Service and the National Statistical Service have provided since 2008
technical assistance to design and develop this census. Our assistance included a full week
visit of MOA and INEI officers to the United States and visits from USDA National Agricultural
Statistics Service (NASS) experts to Peru.
The Census will provide accurate and updated information, at a district level, that will allow
the GOP developing policies to improve Peruvian agricultural sector. The Census will also
become a baseline to monitor and evaluate future policies. Finally the survey will provide an
area and population framework for future census and sample framework for periodic surveys.
The IV Agricultural Census will target 1,800 districts which will be divided in sectors of one
hundred agricultural units each. The government has hired 37,500 professionals to deliver and
fill the questionnaires to approximately 2.5 million agricultural units.
Previous agricultural censuses were taken in 1961, 1970, and 1994. The 2012 census will cost
the Peruvian government $47 million (120 million soles).