Countrystat TWG Meeting

14/10/2012

 

1.0 Background

1.1 Opening Remarks

Mr. Mayinza the Focal person for CountrySTAT in Uganda gave his opening remarks.

  • He welcomed members to the meeting and appreciated their commitment to CountrySTAT activities;
  • Gave highlights about CountryStat what it is and its purpose - highlighting
  • He pointed out that all participants were producers of agricultural and related statistics and that the CountrySTAT TWG forum helps put this data together;and
  • The meeting was meant to take two days only since most stakeholders were busy given the fact that the year was coming to an end, with so many competing activities;

1.2 Presentations

i) Mrs Flavia Ouma then made a presentation on CountrySTAT to the Technical
Working Group (TWG) where she informed members about:

  • What CountryStat is
  • What the CountryStat TWG is all about and its objective;
  • Frequency of the TWG meetings and

• Objectives of the meeting;
ii) She also made a presentation on the General Methodological aspects used in
CountryStat. She discussed issues concerning:
• Data disaggregation in the Sub national module where countries ought to
report products disaggregated at local administrative level as published in
official (national) reports ;
• Standardisation of Title structure in the Sub national module;

4 CountrySTAT Uganda training Report 2011 .

1.3 Symbols

The trainer was able to explain the meaning of all the symbols which were to be used in the representation of various data like not applicable, non availability , not available, Nil, 
• Symbols that can be used for data and they were understood as;

• Data dissemination structure. She explained that this required changing item code to either category in the case of Consumer Price Index (CPI), or species in case of livestock (although TWG members felt that species means
something different and so it was not proper), and editing the structure of some tables. The Fisheries production quantity table may not be moved to sub-national level since for now information is currently produced at national
level and by water body. No information is available at sub national level.

Therefore TWG agreed that the table be maintained in national level but move fish capture by water body to thematic area.

5 CountrySTAT Uganda Training Report 2011 .

2.1 Retraining on CountryStat

The use of CountryStat was then introduced emphasising the main menu and the contents since there were some new members who had not used CountrySTAT before. Training was done on the process of downloading, updating and transferring the files pdf, excel, pc-axis and how they can be edited using to PX-Edit.

2.2 Codes

Discussions were held on codes used for crop and livestock during data collection.

Crop codes used by UBOS sometimes differ by Directorates and Surveys. During the Uganda Census of Agriculture (UCA) the codes recommended by FAO were adopted but these are different from those used in other agriculture surveys even within UBOS. The TWG agreed that the crop codes used during UCA should be maintained and used in all Agriculture related surveys even among stakeholders outside UBOS. It was agreed that further discussions be held with the Socio- Economic Surveys and other Directorates in UBOS.

Uganda has not been using any codes in livestock data collection. FAO recommends some codes to be used in collecting livestock data but these are similar to some FAO crop codes. The TWG agreed that a digit 2 be put before all the codes recommended by FAO for livestock hence differentiating them from those used in crop. E.g. instead of 111 recommended by FAO for cattle, Uganda would use for cattle or 2112 for buffaloes etc. A select committee would be put in place to discuss this further and some of the discussion will centre on:
• allowing space/codes for new entrants,
• exclude crops/animals that can never be grown/reared in Uganda,
• classification of all animals.

Those codes developed by the select committee will be sent to TWG members and National Agricultural Statistics Technical Committee (NASTC) for further clarification
and recommendation for use.

2.3 The Way Forward
• Mr. Emmanuel Menyha needs to get a conversion factor for eggs since
CountryStat requires that we report in kilogrammes.
• There is need to create a forum between Fisheries Department in MAAIF and
the Trade Statistics Section in UBOS to discuss fish (quantities, exports etc).
• Codes must be discussed among UBOS and other stakeholders.

1.0 Background

1.1 Opening Remarks

Mr. Mayinza the Focal person for CountrySTAT in Uganda gave his opening remarks.
• He welcomed members to the meeting and appreciated their commitment to CountrySTAT activities;
• Gave highlights about CountryStat what it is and its purpose - highlighting • He pointed out that all participants were producers of agricultural and related statistics and that the CountrySTAT TWG forum helps put this data together;and
• The meeting was meant to take two days only since most stakeholders were busy given the fact that the year was coming to an end, with so many competing activities;

1.2 Presentations

i) Mrs Flavia Ouma then made a presentation on CountrySTAT to the Technical
Working Group (TWG) where she informed members about:
• What CountryStat is
• What the CountryStat TWG is all about and its objective;
• Frequency of the TWG meetings and

• Objectives of the meeting;
ii) She also made a presentation on the General Methodological aspects used in
CountryStat. She discussed issues concerning:
• Data disaggregation in the Sub national module where countries ought to
report products disaggregated at local administrative level as published in
official (national) reports ;
• Standardisation of Title structure in the Sub national module;

4 CountrySTAT Uganda training Report 2011 .

1.3 Symbols

The trainer was able to explain the meaning of all the symbols which were to be used in the representation of various data like not applicable, non availability , not available, Nil, 
• Symbols that can be used for data and they were understood as;

• Data dissemination structure. She explained that this required changing item code to either category in the case of Consumer Price Index (CPI), or species in case of livestock (although TWG members felt that species means
something different and so it was not proper), and editing the structure of some tables. The Fisheries production quantity table may not be moved to sub-national level since for now information is currently produced at national
level and by water body. No information is available at sub national level.

Therefore TWG agreed that the table be maintained in national level but move fish capture by water body to thematic area.

5 CountrySTAT Uganda Training Report 2011 .

2.1 Retraining on CountryStat

The use of CountryStat was then introduced emphasising the main menu and the contents since there were some new members who had not used CountrySTAT before. Training was done on the process of downloading, updating and transferring the files pdf, excel, pc-axis and how they can be edited using to PX-Edit.

2.2 Codes

Discussions were held on codes used for crop and livestock during data collection.

Crop codes used by UBOS sometimes differ by Directorates and Surveys. During the Uganda Census of Agriculture (UCA) the codes recommended by FAO were adopted but these are different from those used in other agriculture surveys even within UBOS. The TWG agreed that the crop codes used during UCA should be maintained and used in all Agriculture related surveys even among stakeholders outside UBOS. It was agreed that further discussions be held with the Socio- Economic Surveys and other Directorates in UBOS.

Uganda has not been using any codes in livestock data collection. FAO recommends some codes to be used in collecting livestock data but these are similar to some FAO crop codes. The TWG agreed that a digit 2 be put before all the codes recommended by FAO for livestock hence differentiating them from those used in crop. E.g. instead of 111 recommended by FAO for cattle, Uganda would use for cattle or 2112 for buffaloes etc. A select committee would be put in place to discuss this further and some of the discussion will centre on:
• allowing space/codes for new entrants,
• exclude crops/animals that can never be grown/reared in Uganda,
• classification of all animals.

Those codes developed by the select committee will be sent to TWG members and National Agricultural Statistics Technical Committee (NASTC) for further clarification
and recommendation for use.

 

2.3 The Way Forward
• Mr. Emmanuel Menyha needs to get a conversion factor for eggs since
CountryStat requires that we report in kilogrammes.
• There is need to create a forum between Fisheries Department in MAAIF and
the Trade Statistics Section in UBOS to discuss fish (quantities, exports etc).
• Codes must be discussed among UBOS and other stakeholders.