Agriculture has remained the most important sector of the Ugandan economy as it has contributed up to 22 percent of Gross Domestic Product at current market prices over the years. In 2012, the sector accounted for 40 percent of total goods export earnings and provided a large proportion of the raw materials to the local industries. According to the 2009/10 Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS) results, agriculture was the major source of employment (66%). Agriculture, therefore, remains a key determinant in the country’s efforts to reduce poverty in the immediate years ahead. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries is committed to increasing public sector investment in agriculture, BUT there has been lack of up-to-date, quality and reliable small area agricultural statistics.
“The availability of quality agriculture statistics facilitates planning, setting of achievable targets, taking decisions on a rational basis, monitoring and evaluating the impact of agricultural policies and programmes.” (MAAIF SSPS, 2007).In order to facilitate informed decision making in the Agricultural sector, UBOS through the implementation of the CIS collected data on major crops grown, type of livestock kept/reared, crop pest, livestock diseases and number of extension workers to enable planning at the Lower Local Government (LLG) level. No data was collected on crop area planted and production by value.