– deadline extended to 23 December 2022
It’s not too late to take part in the 2022 Agricultural Production Census. The deadline for the nationwide census of agriculture has been extended to 23 December, to enable more farmers to be represented in New Zealand’s agricultural statistics.
Stats NZ last week announced the provisional results for the year ending 30 June 2022, showing a 3 percent drop in beef cattle, 2 percent drop in sheep numbers, and a 4 percent decrease in dairy cattle from 2021. (Agricultural production statistics: Year to June 2022 (provisional) | Stats NZ)
The provisional release was based on information received up to mid-November 2022 which included data from 67 percent of expected respondents; a lower response rate than expected. There is still opportunity for farmers to complete the important survey online or send in a paper copy of their data. By completing the questionnaire on farm production, land use and practices, it helps form a clearer picture of the nation’s largest industry, and any changes since the last survey. The collected and combined data forms the most trusted source of New Zealand’s agricultural statistics – showing the importance of agriculture to the nation’s economy, exports and growth, as well as any changes or trends.
Having up-to-date and accurate facts and figures on the agricultural sector is vital for providing improved policies, programmes and support to rural New Zealand. The data will be used to shape the future of agriculture, so discussions and decisions are based on hard evidence from the field.
The agricultural statistics are used by industry bodies, producer groups, central and local government, business and service providers, and rural communities for planning, forecasting, and better meeting needs.
Stats NZ appreciates all farmers who have taken the time to complete and return their 2022 Agricultural Production Census. For those who haven’t, this is the final chance to be part of New Zealand’s largest and most comprehensive survey of agriculture and to ensure your enterprise and region is fully represented.
There is more information at www.stats.govt.nz/agsurvey, along with dedicated email support and a freephone number.
Senior Communications Advisor | Kaitohutohu Matua – WhakawhitiwhitiStats NZ | Tatauranga Aotearoa | stats.govt.nz | +64 022 4251202