Agriculture by G. H. Peters (auth.)

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Full censuses are taken in June and December and sampie enquiries cover pigs and poultry in April and August. A census of agricultural machinery, the first since December 1975, was held in January 1980. Following a major review of the statistical services provided by the Department of Agriculture as part of the general review of United Kingdom Government Statistical Services carried out under Sir Derek Rayner, the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland has accepted recommendations that the December Agricultural Census should become a sampie enquiry and the April and August poultry enquiries be stopped.

These are mainly based on the soil and site characteristics of the area with special emphasis being given to the potential productive capacity of the land and its likely response to such inputs as fertiliser, labour and capital. The Survey has drawn up and published in 1984 aseries of soil maps on the scale 1: 200,000 covering the whole of England and Wales, described in MAFF Press Notice PN 22, 1985. 24 Whilst the maps described above provide a useful supplement to the agricultural land statistics discussed in this section, their primary purpose lies in the guidance they will increasingly be called upon to provide in maintaining aland use balance between farming and other competing activities.

It was partIy verbal and contained many graphs and charts to supplement detailed tabulation. The planned continuation of the publications will be particularly useful since it does pult together alt income information into a single source, and the additional tabulations are a valuable collection of background information which have a bearing on its interpretation. 28], as at 1985, has seventeen tablescovering 'Agriculture, Fisheries and Food'. Of these, three cover fishing, one deals with forested areas, one relates to estimated food and drink supplies per head of population (all in kilograms per head per year with a further breakdown into nutritional value) and another deals with household food consumption over a wide range of products (as ounces per person per week) the material being derived from the National Food Survey.

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