ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, Oct 23 (PIA) -– The National Statistics Office – Rizal and local government offices and farmers recently converged for a consultative forum on the 2012 Census on Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF) on February 2013.
NSO Rizal Provincial Statistics Officer Nelia Ballesfin said CAF is a nationwide activity held every 10 years to determine the structural characteristics of agriculture and fisheries through household surveys and provide data for national and sub national development planning.
NSO Rizal invited stakeholders and presented outlines of the survey questionnaires for additional input before finalization.
This year’s census will target household members and establishments involved in fishery and farming as well as local government officials and punong barangays.
In contrast to the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture (RSBSA), the CAF will gather specific information on livestock, crops, fishery and land area other than basic information and socio-demographics.
Some data from the 2002 CAF identified Rizal as second in Calabarzon in terms of average farm size with 2.29 hectares per farm in comparison to Quezon province with an average of 3.04 hectares per farm despite the difference of land area.
However, Rizal has also been identified as the lowest palay and corn producer throughout Calabarzon. Findings also show that only one out of four farms in the region is irrigated.
Also present during the consultative forum were Antipolo City Agriculture Office OIC Violeta Suarez, Department of Agrarian Reform – Rizal Chief Agrarian Reform Officer Cecilia Reyes, DAR-Antipolo Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Bismark Elma and staff from NSO-Rizal and Pag-IBIG-Antipolo. (GG-PIA4A) *