THE Government Statistician Douglas Kimi has recently attended a Sub-regional Training Course on Sampling Methods for Producing Core Data Items for Agricultural and Rural Statistics, held in Fiji.
The course aimed at providing technical guidance on the selection and application of appropriate sampling methods for producing the minimum set of core data items for agricultural and rural statistics with specific objectives to;
- Examine the minimum set of core data items for agricultural and rural statistics in the context of the application of sampling methods for data collection and production of associated statistics and indicators; and
- Increase capability of participants in designing sample surveys for production of agricultural and rural statistics.
Joining other Government Statisticians and professionals from across the Pacific region, Mr. Kimi did a presentation about the National Agriculture Survey Project (NASP) that the National Statistics Office (NSO) piloted last year (2017) and the data now being analysed at the NSO in Honiara.
Mr. Kimi said such training is crucial considering the fact that the household based agriculture survey or NASP was completed in October last year and the data currently being analysed.
Mr. Kimi pleased with the training and acknowledged SIAP and ESCAP for making it available.
Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), in collaboration with Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), pacific office facilitated the training course.
The NASP 2017 was the country’s first ever national agriculture survey and thus covers all selected household agricultural holdings.
The survey is intended to assist the government through its responsible ministry, the Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock (MAL) with planning to improve agriculture production in the country.
The survey will provide benchmark data on land use, type of agriculture and related activities, structure of agricultural holdings and their main characteristics, to support the strategic plans and programmes of the Solomon Islands on agriculture production and investment as well as to support development of some Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators in the agriculture sector.
The project is supported by the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) through the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) with the Technical support from Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).
The survey (NASP 2017) results are expected to be released next year.