Department of Agriculture and Livestock has embarked on a nationwide project to collate information on the number of agricultural projects and update its outdated database.
DAL Statistics and Information Team met in Kokopo with line officers to outline the project objective, one that is long overdue for the oldest department in the country.
It’s also an eye –opener for the Agriculture Department to find out what commodity agencies have implemented in provinces under government funding.
There is now increasing demand for agricultural data among planners and policy, and decision makers in the agricultural sectors.
However, information available is outdated, hence, the Agriculture and Livestock Department’s Special projects team on Statistics and Information held the first regional consultative workshop in Kokopo.
It was attended by officers from the Provincial Administation in the Islands Region, including commodity agencies like the Cocoa Board and PNG Cocoa and Coconut Institute.
Participants were told that DAL wanted to find out what the commodity agencies and provinces were doing in terms of collecting agricultural data and information. It was also revealed at the workshop that the current agricultural data collection system was old, and needed improvement.
DAL Statistics and information project team told the workshop that the project is to collect information on agriculture statistics, to equip any management in policy formulation or decision making that has direct or indirect implications on the agriculture sector.
Department of Agriculture also plans to host similar Regional workshops in Goroka and Madang this week.
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