16 October, 2018
Stats SA set to conduct Census of Commercial Agriculture 2017 (CoCA)
South Africa's Statistician-General and
head of Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), Risenga Maluleke,
has urged commercial farmers to participate in an agricultural
census starting next week.
Stats SA is set to embark on a
countrywide Census of Commercial Agriculture, commencing
Monday 15 October 2018.
About 600 field staff will visit
commercial farms across the country to establish the number of
commercial farmers, farm size, crop type being farmed in
different geographic areas, and agricultural inputs such as
This year marks the centenary of
agricultural censuses for the country. South Africa conducted
its first Census of Commercial Agriculture in 1918.
The United Nations body, Food and
Agricultural Organisation (FAO) recommends that country's
conduct a census of commercial agriculture every ten years.
South Africa last conducted an agricultural census in 2007.
The agricultural census will cover
commercial farmers, which are farms producing for income or
profit, says Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke.
Mr Maluleke said CoCA 2017 was important
for helping investors make evidence-based decisions.
He stated that the agricultural census
also helped government with providing data for assessing the
severity of food insecurity.
"The general objective of the census of
commercial agriculture is to collect basic quantitative
information on South Africa's agricultural sector and provide
a snap shot of the sector. This information is essential for
planning, policy formulation, and measuring food security,"
said the Statistician-General.
"I would like to urge farmers to
cooperate with our fieldworkers and participate in the
agricultural census. This data is the only source of
comprehensive and impartial data about agriculture. As
required by the Statistics Act, we may not disclose any
personal information," said the Statistician-General.
Stats SA has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries; but will collect the information independently as
the national statistics office of the country.
The agricultural census field staff will
count the number of holdings, crop types grown in different
geographic regions, and number of livestock each farm has.
Stats SA will conduct the agricultural
census from 15 October 2018 until June 2019.
The survey will also be instrumental in
providing data for monitoring progress towards meeting the
SDGs Goal 1: No Poverty, End poverty in all its forms. Role
and involvement of women in agriculture will also be assessed
through this census.
Results of the report will released in
Issued by Statistics South Africa
Mr Sivuyile Mangxamba
Director: Publicity and Advocacy
Tel: (012) 310 4732
Cell: 082 888 2372
Mr Itani Magwaba
Project Director: Census of Commercial
Agriculture (CoCA) 2017
Tel: (012) 337 6254
Cell: 082 905 5143
Download: Census of Commercial Agriculture, 2017, Presentation, 08 October 2018
Source: Agri SA