CAREER AS STATISTICAL OFFICER AND STATISTICAL ASSISTANT IN AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT (CROP REPORTING SERVICE DIRECTORATE)

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Agriculture is as old as human beings. The basic food facilities are provided by the Agriculture in any society so the need to regularize the agriculture is as old as the human life on earth.

Agriculture Department is the most important department in agri based country like Pakistan. It has manifold job responsibilities; one of them is the Crop Reporting and statistics about the crop being generated and cultivated. Punjab Agriculture Department has an attached department known as Directorate of Agriculture Crop Reporting.

The Agriculture Estimates play an important and primary role towards the National Economic Program, Stability of Import/Export price policy, National Food Budget, Provision of industrial raw material and other development projects. Therefore, the timely and accurate acreage and production estimation of the cultivated crops in the country is very important.

The Crop Reporting Service in the Agriculture Department Punjab, through its field survey work, prepares agriculture estimates for Kharif and Rabi crops every year. In the past, only few crops were targeted. However, other crops have also been included in the program due to their growing importance. The Agriculture Department is intending to include as much crops as possible subject to availability of resources. The Crop Estimates are sent to the Federal Government for final publication, after subsequent approval from the Punjab Agricultural Statistics Coordination Board. The field reports of Agriculture Department, prepared by the field staff appointed in the selected villages, are given due importance for the Crop Estimation Work.

Cotton, Sugarcane, Maize, Rice and wheat are of prime importance. However on the instructions of Federal Government,  the acreage and production estimates of Kharif Rice, Sugarcane, Maize, Cotton, Jowar, Bajra, Moong, Mash, Sesamum  and other  Kharif crops and Rabi Wheat, Gram, Barley, Oil Crops ( including Sunflower), Tobacco, Masoor, Potato, Onion and other Rabi crops are being prepared. The Crop Reporting Service, Agriculture Department, Punjab is adopting Scientific Methods to improve the accuracy of these estimates. Out of the total villages in Punjab province, an overlapping sample of 1240 representative villages has been selected for the crop estimation work. The staff of Crop Reporting Service is appointed in these villages. The field staff carries out the girdawari work in these villages, throughout the year on the instructions of Head Quarter office. On the basis of these girdawari reports, the size of targeted crops in all the districts havs been estimated.

The main objectives of the Punjab Agriculture Directorate Crop reporting is to ascertain/district wise area and production of all Kharif & Rabi Crops, through objective and subjective techniques.

  • To work out yield per acre through crop cut using statistical techniques
  • To obtain information regarding agronomy i.e. source of irrigation inputs use, type of soil condition of crop etc.

Posts of Statistical Officer BS-16 and Statistical Assistant BS-14 are very important in Crop Reporting. Statistical Officer BS-16 and Statistical Assistant BS-14  deal with the data on crops and processes it in laid down procedure. All the estimates of Agriculture Department relating to the Crop Reporting are based upon the work of the Statistical Officer and Statistical Assistant. Statistical Officer BS-16 and Statistical Assistant BS-14 are been filled by the Agriculture Department through the Punjab Public Service Commission and suitable candidates are appointed against the posts of the Statistical Officer BS-16 and Statistical Assistant BS-14 in Crop Reporting Directorate of Agriculture Department.

Here we shall discuss in brief the Service Rules, Criteria, Method of recruitment, Job responsibilities and career prospects of the posts of Statistical Officer BS-16 and Statistical Assistant BS-14.

STATISTICAL OFFICER BS-16

Name of the post STATISTICAL OFFICER
Qualification as per The Directorate of Agriculture Crop Reporting Punjab Service Rules, 1986 i.             Master’s Degree  (2nd Division) in Statistics / Mathematics / Economics with optional subject of Stat; methods from a recognized University: and,

ii.           On Year’s experience in the collection and tabulation of data and / or

Application of Stat methods and graphic presentation of data and/ or application.

OR

Master’s Degree from a foreign recognized university (other than an Indian University) in Statistics / Mathematics / Economics.

Method of Recruitment i.    90 % by initial recruitment;

ii.  10 % by promotion on seniority cum fitness basis from amongst Statistical Assistants with 10 years experience as such.

Process by Punjab Public Service Commission Punjab Public Service Commission PPSC generally conducts one paper test comprising of 80 percent of the subject material and 20 % of the English.  The successful candidates are interviewed and recommended against the post of Statistical Officer.
Job Description ·         Acreage estimation surveys of all major and important minor crops

·         Yield Estimation Surveys all major and important minor crops

·         Crop Condition Surveys

·         Collection and maintenance of Agricultural Inputs data

·         Preparation and submission of fortnightly crop situation report

·         Publication of  Punjab Agricultural Statistics and other Leaflets depicting data

·         Growers’ Opinion Surveys on important crops (acreage & yield)

·         Agricultural Machinery Survey (Tractors, Threshers, Harvesters, Tube-wells)

·         Surveys on Harvest Prices (Farm Gate Prices)

·         Cost of  Production Surveys

·         Other ad hoc enquiries on Agricultural Statistics

·         Rains / Flood Damage Reports

Career Prospects Statistical Officer is eligible for promotion as Assistant Director (Stat) BS-17 after 05 years service. Assistant Director (Stat) is eligible for promotion as Statistician after 05 years service as such.  Statistician is eligible for promotion as Director of Agriculture with 12 years service in BS-17 and above.
Important Note Very good post and conducive environment.

STATISTICAL ASSISTANT BS-14

Name of the post STATISTICAL ASSISTANT
Qualification as per The Directorate of Agriculture Crop Reporting Punjab Service Rules, 1986 Graduation in Statistics / Mathematics / Economics from a recognized University.
Process by Punjab Public Service Commission Punjab Public Service Commission PPSC generally conducts one paper test comprising of 80 percent of the subject material and 20 % of the English.  The successful candidates are interviewed and recommended against the post of Statistical Assistant.
Job Description ·         Acreage estimation surveys of all major and important minor crops

·         Yield Estimation Surveys all major and important minor crops

·         Crop Condition Surveys

·         Collection and maintenance of Agricultural Inputs data

·         Preparation and submission of fortnightly crop situation report

·         Publication of  Punjab Agricultural Statistics and other Leaflets depicting data

·         Growers’ Opinion Surveys on important crops (acreage & yield)

·         Agricultural Machinery Survey (Tractors, Threshers, Harvesters, Tube-wells)

·         Surveys on Harvest Prices (Farm Gate Prices)

·         Cost of  Production Surveys

·         Other ad hoc enquiries on Agricultural Statistics

·         Rains / Flood Damage Reports

Career Prospects Statistical Assistant is eligible for promotion as Statistical Officer after 05 years service. Statistical Officer is eligible for promotion as Assistant Director (Stat) BS-17 after 05 years service. Assistant Director (Stat) is eligible for promotion as Statistician after 05 years service as such.  Statistician is eligible for promotion as Director of Agriculture with 12 years service in BS-17 and above.
Important Note Very good post and conducive environment.
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