Cambodia Aims for Better Technology for Collecting Data and Sharing Information for Agriculture and Fisheries

The National Institute of Statistics of the Ministry of Planning (MoP), the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the EU-FAO FIRST Programme in Cambodia jointly organised today a workshop on Innovation in Data Collection, Presentation and Analysis for Agriculture and Fisheries.

The workshop highlighted the new ideas and the technology including the introduction of Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) technology for the conduct of survey and census work by the MoP, said a joint press release.

This was demonstrated by Mr. Anthony Burgard for FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, as part of the Global Statistics Programme and in readiness for trailing the equipment in the CIAS 2018, it said, pointing out that other experts from development agencies and the private sector also presented the latest in ICT applications for agriculture and fisheries, including an innovative knowledge platform with interactive mapping capabilities, developed by WFP in Cambodia.

H.E. Rin Virak, Secretary of State for MoP, said the purpose of the CIAS 2018 is to collect up to date information on specific topics of interest for the agricultural sector, to update structural data collected during the Census of Agriculture 2013 and to inform policy makers and decision makers guiding the development sector.

The results will be utilised for National Account Calculation and for monitoring achievements towards goal two of the SDGs by 2030.We thank to all Development Partners for their kind technical and financial support on the CIAS 2018, he added.

Mr. Alexandre Huynh, FAO Representative in Cambodia, said FAO has a continuing interest and a commitment to assist the Royal Government of Cambodia to access and use the best possible sources of information.

The use of quality information is very important for the improvement of policy and decision making in agriculture and fisheries, he underlined. These technologies can make a tremendous difference in the collection of information, sharing information back to farmers and extension workers in the field, for commercial activity involving production and marketing and for the management of humanitarian responses in times of crisis.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press