HCMC – A census on rural development and agriculture will begin on Friday across the country to gather latest data on current situations and development trends of a sector whose production makes up one-third of the country’s GDP.
Polls will be conducted within a month among up to 16.34 million units, including 16.24 million farming families, nearly 16,000 owners of large-scale farms, and over 9,000 grassroots administration units, the Government’s website reported.
The census targets to provide an insight into the actual state of rural, agricultural and aquatic developments, the labor forces for each sub-sector, infrastructure in rural areas, education, healthcare and credit services for farmers nationwide.
A steering committee for the census has been established, with Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc serving as leader and general director of the General Statistics Office Do Thuc as deputy head.
According to Do Thuc, the census, once finished, will help the Government have an overview on the rural and agricultural sector, based on which a social and economic master plan on the sector will be built.
An initial report about results of the census is expected to be published in December this year and the final results will be released by the third quarter in 2012.
Nguyen Van Lieu, deputy head of the General Statistics Office and a member of the census’ steering committee, is quoted by the Government’s website www.chinhphu.vn as saying all preparatory steps for the census had been completed.
Some 141,000 pollsters will be mobilized for the census, while 400 tons of printed materials have been distributed to all communes across the country to facilitate the census.
The census is the fourth one on rural development and agriculture in as many years. A similar census was organized in 2006.