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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.

More information about the Agricultural Census can

be found at https://www.abs.gov.au/articles/2020-21-agricultural-census


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