Farmers encouraged to share their experiences in Agricultural Census

The National Farmers’ Federation is encouraging farmers to participate in the Agricultural Census to provide an accurate picture of the nation’s agricultural activity.

From this month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be asking farmers about their agricultural production, land and water use in 202-21.

The participation of farmers is crucial to ensure statistics accurately reflect the reality of what is happening across the agricultural sector. These statistics can help inform policy and programs that will help drive profitability and productivity of the sector. The concept around getting accurate, timely and informed data that helps makes better decision making is a sound one.

The ABS have taken on board participant feedback from previous years and have made changes to the survey that make it easier to complete, via an online portal or in paper form.

“Agriculture has faced a turbulent year of drought, flood, mice, and the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. It is important that farmers share their experiences and provide insight into the challenges faced over the 2020-21 period,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said.

“This information will enable government to work closely with industry to adapt and shape both the huge opportunities and expected challenges going forward.”

Farmers participating in the survey are asked to complete and return forms by 5 August 2021.

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