CSB is launching Farm Structure Survey 2016


On Monday, August 22 Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) will start collecting data for the Farm Structure Survey 2016. The survey once in three years is conducted on all European Union Member States and European Economic Area countries, including Latvia. The first provisional results of the survey will be published in April 2017.

The survey is aimed at collecting information on land use, structure of sown and planted area, number of pigs and poultry, machinery, labour force in agriculture, gainful activities of the holding, as well as several agri-environmental indicators.

For three weeks, from 22 August to 11 September, respondents will be able to submit data electronically via the CSB Electronic Data Collection System (in Latvian only). From 26 September to 16 December interviewers of the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre will visit holdings that will not provide information electronically, while CSB interviewers will take telephone interviews.

With an aim to reduce respondent burden, indicators included in the survey of 2016 will be collected also from administrative sources, such as Animal Register of the Agricultural Data Centre, Organic Farming Statistical Information System, and Integrated Administration and Control System of the Rural Support Service.

The survey unit is agricultural holding – technically and economically independent unit having common management and producing agricultural products or preserving good agricultural and environmental conditions in the soil. Holding may produce also non-agricultural products and provide non-agricultural services. Respondents provide information on all land managed thereof.

The Farm Structure Survey is a sample survey within the framework of which it has been intended to acquire information on 30 thousand agricultural holdings that have been selected with the help of simple random sampling method. The respondents included in the sample will receive CSB letter asking to take part in the survey. Respondents the e-mail address of which is known to the CSB will receive the letter electronically, while the rest of the respondents will be informed by regular mail.

Survey questionnaires and additional information is available on the CSB website (in Latvian only) and by calling the numbers +371 67366895 or +371 28637804. Toll-free phone 80007888 is available on working days from 08:30 to 17:00 o'clock, as well as all questions may be asked by writing to the e-mail lssa [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv.

Farm Structure Survey is conducted in compliance with the European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1166/2008. The data acquired will be used for assessment of agricultural sector development and evidence-based decision-making in Latvian and common European agricultural policy planning. Results of the Farm Structure Survey are used also in analysis of other processes, e.g., evaluation of in environmental and regional development.

Media requests:
Sanda Rieksta
Information and Communication Section
media [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Phone: +371 67366621, +371 27880666

More information:
Anita Raubena
Agricultural Statistics Section
E-mail: Anita [dot] Raubena [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Phone: +371 67366977