President M Abdul Hamid yesterday provided data of his agricultural products, on the occasion of Agricultural Census-2019 in presence of Planning Minister MA Mannan at Bangabhaban.
As part of the census, enumerators collected data from the president on food grains, fisheries and livestock, size of agriculture households, land use, size of cultivated land, number of cattle and poultry, agricultural machineries, food security, fisheries and forests in the urban and rural areas across the country, President’s Press Secretary Joynal Abedin told the news agency.
The head of the state termed the agri-census a very important programme to implement various development plans of the country.
Abdul Hamid advised the enumerators to collect true and correct information during the census.
“The agri-census will help take proper and plan-wise decision to gear up the pace of development and progress of Bangladesh,” he added.
During the meeting, the planning minister apprised the president of overall activities of the census.
Mannan informed him that starting yesterday, field-level data collection for the Agriculture Census-2019 would continue till June 20, for which as many as 1.5 lakh enumerators will work across the country.
Statistics and Informatics Division Secretary Saurendra Nath Chakrabhartty, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) Director General Krishna Gain, and secretary concerned to the president were also present there.
BBS operates the agricultural census every ten years.
To make this census a success, BBS held a three-day special training programme for census coordinators at division and district levels.
According to BBS, the first zonal operations for the census took place from December 1 to 20 last year, while the second zonal operations took place from February 9 to 20 this year.
Earlier, such agriculture census was carried out in the country in 1960, 1977, 1983-84, 1996 and 2008.