Q. Consider the following statements regarding agricultural census:
1.It is conducted for every 10 years.
2.For the first time 11th agricultural census data collection is conducted on smart phones and tablets.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: B

Explanation: The Eleventh Agricultural Census (2021-22) was launched in the country today by the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar.

  • Speaking on the occasion, Shri Tomar said that this computation will bring huge benefits in a vast and agricultural country like India.
  • Shri Tomar said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi emphasis is being given on increasing farmer’s income.
  • Besides there is a need to change their standard of living, organize small farmers in order to empower them, attract them towards remunerative crops and ensure the quality of the produce at par with global standards.
  • Agriculture Census is conducted every 5 years, which is being undertaken now after delay due to corona pandemic. The field work of agricultural census will start in August 2022.
  • Agricultural Census is the main source of information on a variety of agricultural parameters at a relatively minute level, such as the number and area of operational holdings, their size, class-wise distribution, land use, tenancy and cropping pattern, etc.
  • This is the first time that data collection for agricultural census will be conducted on smart phones and tablets, so that data is available in time.
  • Most of the States have digitized their land records and surveys, which will further accelerate the collection of agricultural census data.
  • The use of digitized land records and the use of mobile apps for data collection will enable the creation of a database of operational holdings in the country.

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.