Year published: 11/05/2010

Agriculture is a major driver of economic growth in Nigeria.  About 70% of the Nigerian rural population is involved in agricultural production. In 2009 agriculture contributed 40.07% to the GDP.   Also, agriculture sector is a fulcrum to the national food security by providing the largest proportion of the national total food consumption requirement.

In order to monitor some of the government policies in agriculture e.g. Special Programmed for Food Security and 7-Point Agenda there is need to generate on a continuous basis a reliable, relevant and timely data and also for the use of researchers, academia, students international bodies and general public.

Agricultural data is collected by NBS through the two data collection infrastructure; National Integrated Survey of Household (NISH) and National Integrated Survey of Establishment (NISE).  NISH Master Sample was constructed from the frame of EAs of 2006 Housing and Population Census by National Population Commission (NpopC).  The household listing of the EAs were stratified into farming and non-farming household and the sample size is taken from the farming through randomization.  The NISE has a well compiled frame of corporate farms from which sample is taken.