CAREER AS FIELD ASSISTANT (STAT)/ CROP REPORTER IN AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT (AGRICULTURE CROP REPORTING SERVICE)

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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.

Posts of Field Assistant (Stat)/ Crop Reporter BS-11 is very important in Crop Reporting. Field Assistant (Stat)/ Crop Reporter BS-11 deals with collection of 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 Field Assistant (Stat)/ Crop Reporter BS-11. The post of Field Assistant (Stat)/ Crop Reporter BS-11 is being filled by the Agriculture Department through the Punjab Public Service Commission and suitable candidates are appointed against the posts of the Field Assistant (Stat)/ Crop Reporter BS-11 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 Field Assistant (Stat)/ Crop Reporter BS-11.

FIELD ASSISTANT (STAT)/ CROP REPORTER BS-11.

Name of the post Field Assistant (Stat)/ Crop Reporter BS-11
Qualification as per The Directorate of Agriculture Crop Reporting Punjab Service Rules, 1986 i.             Matric with two years Field Assistant Training from Institute.

ii.           If none is available with qualification as at (i) above then Bachelor’s degree with Stat: Economics/ Agriculture and Mathematics or Agriculture from recognized University.

Method of Recruitment 100 % by initial recruitment.
Process by Punjab Public Service Commission Punjab Public Service Commission PPSC generally conducts one paper test comprising of 20 percent of the subject material and 80 % of the General Knowledge portion as English, Islamiat, Pak Studies, Everyday Science, Basic Mathematics and Current Affairs.  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 Field Assistant (Stat)/ Crop Reporter BS-11 is eligible for promotion as Statistical Assistant BS-14 after 07 years service. 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.
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