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IN­DIA’S CROP STATIS­TICS are far from per­fect. The Na­tional Sam­ple Sur­vey Of­fice (NSSO) es­ti­mates that 9 to 29 per­cent of the pri­mary data sam­ples col­lected at an all In­dia level dur­ing the last five years had some er­ror or other. The most com­mon er­rors were caused by non-re­port­ing of crops ac­tu­ally grown, re­port­ing of crops that were not ac­tu­ally grown, or re­port­ing of in­cor­rect area of crops. Fur­ther, not more than 53 per cent of data is re­ported on time. Agri­cul­ture data is a key com­po­nent of sev­eral eco­nomic pol­icy de­ci­sions. Shoddy work at the pri­mary data col­lec­tion level has a di­rect im­pact on the qual­ity of the anal­y­sis car­ried out on its ba­sis. Cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments should to­gether find a way to im­prove the qual­ity of data col­lec­tion at the ear­li­est. – Joe C. Mathew

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