The 5th Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) Agricultural Census is scheduled to begin in October, will take three months and cost 4.9 million euros, the Minister for Rural Development said Thursday in Praia.
Minister Eva Ortet said the amount to be spent, in addition to the census, would make it possible to implement continuous monitoring methodology for data collection in the farming sector by 2017.
The minister also said the census, “is strategic for Cabo Verde, because this is the only statistical operation that will have critical information to find out about the dynamics of the agricultural sector on a national level.”
“We have estimates indicating that there is a large increase in production and a decrease in prices, but we have to measure this impact, we must have actual data from the sector and also assess the agricultural sector’s contribution to the Gross Domestic Product,” said Ortet, cited by Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.
The first Agricultural Census took place in 1963, and was followed by others in 1978, 1988 and 2005. (macauhub/CV)