Beginning of work on the agricultural census of 2022 –

Thanks to an inter-institutional effort involving thousands of people, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) began today the collection of information for the preparation of the Agricultural Census of 2022, which will last until 30 november.

Arturo Blanca Espejo, General Director of Economic Statistics of INEGI, pointed out that the Agricultural Census is a statistical macro-event that aims to generate updated statistics on the economic, technological, environmental and social characteristics of agricultural production units, d farming and forestry in Mexico. .

The budget for carrying out the census, approved by the legislator, amounts to more than 2,700 million pesos. Around 25,000 people will take part in the operation, visiting the homes of those responsible for 4.3 million production units in around 182,000 rural localities of 15,000 inhabitants or less (producers who live in localities with more than 15,000 inhabitants will be visited directly at their homes).

Blanca Espejo said the 2022 Agricultural Census will provide:

  • Statistical infrastructure.
  • Information for studies and evaluation.
  • Information on the geography of agricultural activity.
  • Unique information (open and protected agriculture, forestry, support programs, rights, irrigation systems, issues, environment, among other elements).
  • Information with high levels of disaggregation with different approaches (by size of production unit, type of tenure, type of agriculture, source of financing, destination of production, agricultural cycle, product, by modality of water, by irrigation system, among others). elements).

The Director of Economic Statistics invited all producers to collaborate in a timely manner to provide quality and truthful information, recalling that the data provided is strictly confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.

In summary, the Agricultural Census we are launching today seeks to know who produces, what is produced, how much, where, how and with what produces.“, observed Blanca Espejo.

It should be noted that the information provided by the Agricultural Census is of national interest since it is the only source that generates basic statistics and offers quantitative and qualitative data on all production units, their size, structure and their distribution.

Likewise, it provides information on the production of crops, the breeding of animal species, forest exploitation and the structural and economic conditions of the work carried out by farmers in the field.

Interviews will be applied via mobile computing devices and the internet. To capture information, censors have mobile computing devices (DCM), since most information is captured by this means. Paper will be used if necessary.

For this operation, innovations such as digital cartography and satellite images will be used. There will be a permanent control of the information collected with a thorough processing and analysis of the information.

Censors are duly trained and identified with vest, hat, photo ID and wear DCM to carry out their duties in an agile and reliable manner.

Although INEGI staff travel the national territory daily, census events, such as the 2022 Agricultural Census, represent a major challenge due to the scale of this survey, the dynamism of the sector, the diversity of the countries as well as extensive coordination. and the functioning it requires with the different levels of government with the institutions and also, of course, with the private sector”, mentioned Mauricio Márquez Corona, vice-president of the board of directors of INEGI.

In May 2023, the timely results of the 2022 Agricultural Census will be announced. The final results will be presented in November 2023.

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