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The Agricultural Census Act, 1958

( ACT NO. XLI OF 1958 )

Collection of information for census
4. (1) For the purpose of taking census, information shall be collected on or with respect to the following matters, namely:-
(a) land ownership and land tenure;
(b) land unit and subdivision of land;
(c) land utilisation;
(d) crop acreage and production;
(e) livestock and poultry;
(f) employment in agriculture;
(g) agricultural population;
(h) agricultural power and machinery;
(i) irrigation and drainage;
(j) fertilisers and soil dressing;
(k) wood and fishery products;
(l) agricultural credit;
(m) agriculture and sericulture;
(n) fruit and vegetable products; and
(o) such other matters as the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, specify.
(2) For the purpose of collecting information referred to in sub-section (1), the Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, prepare such questionnaire as it thinks fit and a census officer may require any person within his jurisdiction to give answers to such questionnaire and to such other questions relevant to the questionnaire as he may think fit to ask.
(3) Any person who is required to give answers to the questionnaire and other relevant questions under sub-section (2) shall be legally bound to give answers to the best of his knowledge or belief.

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