A Study on the Methodology to be Adopted in the 1990 Census of Agriculture
A project envisioned to determine the appropriate methodology to be adopted for the 1990 Census of Agriculture (CA) was proposed for implementation by the National Statistics Office (NSO) because of the problems and issues that have been raised regarding the 1980 Census of Agriculture. The objectives of this project are as follows: (1) to determine the criteria that should be included in identifying a farm or a holding and to formulate a more workable definition of a holding; (2) to determine a more appropriate method of gathering the area of farm parcels; (3) to formulate a survey design for a post-enumeration survey taking into consideration the adoption of objective or actual measurement of farm parcel(s); (4) to determine the data items to be included in the 1990 CA that will reflect the structure of the agricultural sector and that will serve as basis for constructing sampling frame for agricultural surveys; (5) to test the validity of using results of the 1990 Census of Population and Housing listing of households in urban areas for the 1990 CA; and (6) to determine a more appropriate method of gathering data on land use and tenure of farm, and the appropriate classification of livestock and poultry by age and use. Two (2) of the major components of the research methodology used to achieve these objectives are: (1) review and analysis of related literature and studies; and (2) conduct of a test survey. With this, the project team was able to provide some operational definitions which they have recommended to be adopted for the 1990 CA. Apart from the operational definitions, other recommendations are further discussed in the paper.