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The Wa West District Assembly in the Upper West Region has inaugurated a four-member District Agriculture Census Management Committee to supervise collection of data which is expected to inform policy formulation in Ghana’s agriculture sector.

The Committee comprises the District Coordinating Director (DCD), the District Director of Agriculture (DDA), the District Budget Officer (DBO) and the District Information Officer (DIO).

Agriculture forms large proportion of economic activities in most developing economies, including Ghana that creates many job opportunities for the people, in mostly rural communities for improved livelihoods.

The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Edward Laabiir Sabo, who swore in the members, explained the objectives of the exercise and the importance of data collection to inform national policy decisions making.

He said the census was a statistical operation covering the whole country and allowed the collection, processing, publishing and dissemination of information on the structure of Ghana’s agriculture and the state of its development.

“The overall objective of the Ghana Census of agriculture is to produce and disseminate complete and reliable agriculture data to meet the needs of policy makers and other users to support informed decision making and monitor development programmes,” he added.

Mr Joseph Kambunabe, the District Director of Agriculture, said the census which will cover the whole country, is a collaboration between Ghana Statistical Service and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

“The objective of this exercise is to produce agriculture data through which certain information could be made available for the District such as the number of farmers, agriculture extension, farmer ratio, number of animals, poultry and crops,” he added.

The team is to see to the provision of information for easy planning, resources allocation, monitoring and supervision to ensure smooth running of the exercise.

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