Ahsan Iqbal inaugurates Seventh Agricultural Census 2024

Government of PakistanAhsan Iqbal inaugurates Seventh Agricultural Census 2024

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated the Seventh Agricultural Census 2024 at a ceremony held by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).

In his address, he emphasized the significant achievement of conducting a highly transparent digital census with the consensus of all provinces using advanced technology.

Speaking at the event, Ahsan Iqbal congratulated the PBS on the successful launch of the seventh agricultural census.

The minister highlighted the importance of agricultural statistics for a predominantly agrarian country like Pakistan and praised PBS for introducing an automated local system.

This new system will facilitate decision-making based on reliable data, helping to enhance agricultural productivity in line with the growing population.

The data collected will be instrumental in formulating agricultural policies, identifying areas with potential for increased productivity, and providing necessary resources to achieve better yields. It will also support initiatives aimed at improving farmers’ productivity and overall welfare.

The federal minister further noted that Pakistan’s future economic stability hinges on increasing exports, particularly in the agricultural sector.

Ahsan Iqbal stressed the need to learn from other countries, such as India, which has conducted eleven agricultural censuses compared to Pakistan’s seven. Despite facing similar challenges, other nations have progressed, and it is crucial for Pakistan to catch up.

The minister acknowledged the difficult economic situation, stating that any government would struggle with the current fiscal deficit, making it essential to focus on increasing revenue and exports. He urged for unity and collaboration to overcome these challenges, emphasizing the need for export-led growth to stabilize the economy and secure a prosperous future for coming generations.

The Chief Statistician Naeem Us Zafar thanked the provincial ministers and relevant departments for their cooperation in making the seventh agricultural census possible.

The Focal Person / Member for the Integrated Digital Agriculture Census Muhamamd Sarwar Gondal provided a detailed briefing on the census system. He explained that PBS has introduced an automated tablet-based system to facilitate policy-making for provinces and relevant departments.

This system provides dashboards to DCs, agricultural departments, livestock authorities, and other related entities for real-time data monitoring and analysis.

For the first time in Pakistan’s history, the census integrates crop, livestock, and agricultural machinery data, saving approximately Rs 2 billion. Utilizing PBS’s digital infrastructure and resources, the automated system has saved an additional Rs 320 million.

This initiative marks a significant step towards improving agricultural data collection and policy-making in Pakistan, reflecting the government’s commitment to leveraging technology for national development.

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