Agricultural Statistics and Market Information Systems Department
The Agricultural Statistics and Market Information Systems Department (ASMIS) was established in December 2005 (CBCMP 2012). The purpose of ASMIS is to collect, analyse and disseminate national agriculture, irrigation and livestock data. Besides, this directorate has a mandate to collect and analyse market information data, and data on agro-meteorology, Geographic Information System and food security related data in order to inform farmers, the private sector, donors, planners and policy makers in order to help them taking informed-decisions based on facts and figures. In addition, ASMIS plays a vital role in enhancing food security in the country.
The ASMIS operates under the General Directorate of Planning and Program Coordination. The scope of work and responsibilities of the ASMIS are as below:
Collecting agriculture, irrigation and livestock statistics
Collecting data both at national and regional levels on “markets information” of agriculture and livestock commodities
Collecting meteorological data on regular basis
Collecting Geographic Information System data
Collecting, analysing and Reporting of the administrative and programs/projects data through Management Information System
Designing, and conducting agriculture and livestock related surveys/Censuses
Analysis and dissemination of data and information to farmers, government agencies and other stakeholders
Monitoring and evaluation of statistical data collection, analysis and dissemination
This directorate has the responsibility to inform farmer about weather forecast and market food prices to enable them take appropriate decisions on crop plantation and avoid any unnecessary crop failure. Furthermore, the ASMIS is supposed to share data with the CSO which feeds into the System of National Accounts and Statistical Year Book Reports.