The Seychelles Agricultural Agency (SAA), jointly with the National Bureau of Statistics, conducted the first Census of Agriculture in Seychelles during the period 16-31 August 2011. Based on lists of farmers compiled by the SAA, supplemented and cross-checked with information collected in the Population & Housing Census of August 2010, all commercial farmers in Seychelles were visited and asked questions on their farming activities. It was estimated that there were around 800 such farmers in Seychelles at the time.
Information collected included the land area cultivated, crops grown, livestock and other animals kept, hours spent working on agriculture, use of fertilizers and agricultural chemicals, equipment owned, irrigation and infrastructure.
It is a feature of life in Seychelles that many households have a few fruit trees or a small vegetable plot in their garden. In order to also capture this information, a 10 percent sample of census enumeration areas was selected and all households in these areas were asked about their agricultural activity. Many of these households were not involved in agriculture but for those that were, simple information on area of land cultivated and numbers of plants grown, as well as numbers of fruit trees, was collected.
Information on agriculture is particularly important for a number of reasons. Food prices have increased sharply over the last months and the need to increase local food production is now more important than ever. Food security is another big issue with the country relying heavily on imported foodstuffs. Access to fruit and vegetables is important from a nutrition perspective and household food production, however small, is very important. Government policy on agriculture is based on information about the sector. Up-to-date and reliable information is essential for planning and to develop sound policies for sustainable agricultural development.
The Census of Agriculture was conducted as part of the World Programme for the Census of Agriculture promoted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation ((UN) FAO). FAO is providing technical assistance to this Census through its Technical Cooperation Programme.
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