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Agri-fishery census set
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The National Statistics Office will conduct the census of the agriculture and fishery sector this year.

Trainings for enumerators have started, and actual inventory is expected to start in March, Negros Oriental provincial statistician, Ariel Fortuito, said.

The census will determine the status of agriculture, account for the heads of livestock and poultry in a locality and determine the top three crops being raised in the province.

In the fishery sector, an accounting of the number of fish cages, fish ponds and fisher folks will be undertaken.

Fortuito said the result of the census will be used as basis for government policymakers and planners to decide plans and programs for the sector.

He said the census is different from the registry system conducted by the NSO in August and September last year, that was aimed at identifying the number of marginal farmers and fishermen all over the country.

Meanwhile, the 901 registry field interviewers hired by the NSO are asking for the release of their honoraria.

Fortuito said the Department of Budget and Management had released the partial payment, but the bank confirmation was December 28, or the last regular working day of 2012.

He said the money is for the one-week training of the FIs, including the caterer, but payment for the actual fieldworks of more than P10 million will still be received.

He said paper works have been completed for faster liquidation, and urged FIs to submit their reports to fast track the release of their honoraria.*JG

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