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Regulations on National Agricultural Census 2006
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Decree No. 473 of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China

 

The Regulations on National Agricultural Census is hereby promulgated and shall become effective as the date of promulgation.

 

Premier: Wen Jiabao
August 23, 2006

 

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 This Regulation is formulated in accordance with the Statistics Law of the People's Republic of China for the purpose of organizing and conducting the national agricultural census in a scientific and effective way, and ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of the data collected through the agricultural census.

Article 2 The agricultural census is designed to collect basic information of agriculture, rural areas and farmers, to provide a foundation for making strategies, plans, policies with regard to the economic and social development in a scientific manner, and to make available information services for agricultural holders and the public.

Article 3 The agricultural Census shall be organized and conducted in accordance with the principles of the unified national leadership, coordinated division of work among various departments and shared responsibility with local authorities of different levels.

Article 4 All the State organs, social organizations and units and individuals concerned with the agricultural census shall, in accordance with the provisions of the Statistics Law of the People's Republic of China and this Regulations, actively participate in, and cooperate with, the work of the agricultural census.

Article 5 The offices of the leading group for the Agricultural Census at all levels referred to as the census offices hereinafter and their staff members, census supervisors and enumerators referred to as the census personnel hereinafter shall independently perform their legal functions of surveying, reporting and supervision without any interference made by any unit or individual. No leading members of local authorities, departments or units may revise the data of the Agricultural Census provided by the census offices and the census personnel in accordance with the law, compel and prompt census offices, census personnel or census respondents to tamper with the data of the Agricultural Census or fabricate false data, or retaliate against any act which refuses or opposes to tamper with or fabricate the data of the Agricultural Census, or against any one who refuses or opposes to tamper with or fabricate the data of the Agricultural Census.

Article 6 Publicity departments at all levels shall, by making full use of newspapers, magazines, radio programmes, television, internet, outdoor billboards and other media, conscientiously publicize the Agricultural Census and mobilize the public with various forms.

Article 7 The funds needed for the Agricultural Census shall be shared by the Central Government and local governments at all levels and shall be included in the governmental budgets of the corresponding year so that the funds can be appropriated on schedule and ensured. The funds for the Agricultural Census shall be managed in a unified way, used for the Agricultural Census purposes only and spent with tight controls.

Article 8 The Agricultural Census shall be conducted decennially in the year ending as 6. The reference time shall be the 2400 hours of December 31. The register time of the Agricultural Census for special regions, when approval by the Office of the State Council Leading Group for the Agricultural Census, can be appropriately adjusted.

 

Charter II Respondents, Coverage and Contents

Article 9 The respondents of the Agricultural Census are the following individuals and units within the territory of the People's Republic of China(1)Rural households, including the households engaged in agricultural activities and other activities in the rural areas(2)Urban households engaged in agricultural activities(3)Agricultural holdings(4)Villagers committees(5)People's governments at the town/township level.

Article 10 The respondents of the Agricultural Census shall answer the questions enquired by enumerators according to the facts, fill in the census forms in a truthful and timely manner, and shall not make false reports, conceal data, refuse to report data or delay their submission. The respondents of the Agricultural Census shall cooperate with the survey teams dispatched by the statistical offices of the people's governments at and above county level and by the National Bureau of Statistics to conduct supervision and checking in accordance with the law, report the situation truthfully and provide relevant materials, and shall not refuse, evade or obstruct the inspections, and shall not transfer, conceal, distort or destroy original records, statistical work papers, census forms, accountant materials and other materials concerned.

Article 11 The scope of the Agricultural Census includes farm crops planting, forestry, animal husbandry, fishery and services rendered to these industries.

Article 12 The contents of the Agricultural Census include the conditions of agricultural production, activities in agricultural production and business operation, utilization of agricultural land, rural labour force and employment, rural infrastructural facilities, rural social services, livelihood of farmers, and environment situation in towns/townships, villagers committees and communities. The contents of the Agricultural Census stated in this article may be adjusted by the Office of the State Council Leading Group for the Agricultural Census according to specific situations.

Article 13 The method of complete enumeration shall be applied in the Agricultural Census. The Office of the State Council Leading Group for the Agricultural Census may decide to apply the method of sampling for some specific contents.

Article 14 The national statistical classification standards shall be applied in the Agricultural Census.

Article 15 The scheme of the Agricultural Census shall be formulated in a unified way by the Office of the State Council Leading Group for the Agricultural Census. The census offices at the provincial level may, if necessary, include supplementary forms to the Agricultural Census which shall be approved by the Office of State Council Leading Group for the Agricultural Census before their implementation.

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