Statistics crucial to agriculture

Delegates at the opening of the 27th Session of Asia-Pacific Commission in Nadi. Photo: SUPPLIED

Delegates at the opening of the 27th Session of Asia-Pacific Commission in Nadi. Photo: SUPPLIED

Update: 4:30PM AGRICULTURAL statistics is crucial to monitor the status of food availability and food security in a country.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya today opened the 27th Session of Asia-Pacific Commission in Nadi which was attended by representatives from various Pacific countries.

The Commission will provide a forum that identifies the needs and priorities of member countries to develop sound statistical systems capable of providing data for planning and policy-making in the food and agriculture sector.

Mr Koya said agriculture played a vital role in the development of Asia-Pacific countries, as it is a source of livelihood for a majority of the population, particularly in rural areas.

“In addition, one must not forget that new data requirements are emerging and we therefore need to understand how population growth, demand for natural resources, use of food products to produce biofuels, and the effects of extreme weather and climate change, affect food security, poverty and well-being,” he said. 

“These critical issues are not independent of each other – an action in one area has consequences on the others. There is increasing demand to integrate data on the economy, including the social and environmental dimensions related to human activities.”

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