General Census of Agriculture reveals an increase in the number of irrigated plots and decrease in the rainfed agriculture


Praia, Sep 27 (Inforpress) – The 5th General Census of Agriculture reveals that from 2004 to 2015 the number of irrigated plots increased 22.2 percent (%) while rainfed agriculture decreased by 1.7%, totaling 74.944 agricultural parcels.

The data were released in the city of Praia, on Tuesday, during the public presentation of the statistical study results, which was attended by the ministers of Agriculture and Environment, Gilberto Silva, Finance, Olavo Correia, FAO representative in Cabo Verde, Rémi Nono Womdim and the representative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Vincent Ngendakumana.

According to the Director of Statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment, Inussa Barry, compared to 2004, when the 4th General Census of Agriculture was carried out, it can be seen that there was also a decrease in the number of agricultural parcels by 12.5%, or up from 85.671 to 74.944.

However, despite a “significant increase” in the number of irrigated plots from 10.612 in 2004 to 12.563 in 2015, rainfed agriculture continues to dominate the country, with 73.852 plots in 2004, and in 2015 there were 61.415 plots.