- "To coordinate and provide timely, quality and credible official statistics for use by Stakeholders and clients for sustainable Development.
“To achieve an effective, efficient and coordinated National Statistical System (NSS) that will ensure sustainable production and disseminating of demand driven official statistics for national development”.
- * Ministry of Finance
- * Ministry of Health
- * Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock
- * Bank of Zambia
- * Zambia Revenue Authority
- * Statistical Agencies
The first Agriculture Census was undertaken during the post independence era of the 1970/1971 Agriculture Season. The second Agriculture Census was undertaken in the 1991/1992 Agriculture Season. Both Censuses were undertaken on a large sample basis using sampling frames derived from the immediate past Population and Housing Censuses. Thus, sampling frames derived from the 1969 and 1990 Population and Housing Censuses were used to sample Enumeration Areas (EAs) for Agriculture Censuses undertaken in subsequent years.
Data collection on agriculture had concentrated on large scale farms up until 1964. Prior to 1964, small and medium scale farms were not considered of importance in terms of their contribution to overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In the years from 1964 to date data collection activities have concentrated on all categories of farmers. The first benchmark data collected from the 1970/1971 Agriculture Census was more comprehensive in that it had included small and medium scale farms.
The agriculture sector in Zambia contributes a very significant proportion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) averaging about sixteen (16) percent per annum. Thus, the census provides current benchmark economic indicators on agricultural activities.
The major objectives of the Census of Agriculture are;
Specifically, the Census of Agriculture provides benchmark data on the following: