The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is reminding farmers to complete and return their Census of Agriculture forms now, as the deadline has passed.

Farmers who have not yet completed and returned the census will be receiving a reminder letter this week from the CSO.

The office highlighted that answering the Census of Agriculture should only take a few minutes, as the census form has been reduced to four pages.

The census can either be filled out on a ‘hard copy’ document and returned by the freepost envelope provided by the CSO, or it can be filled out online.

The information provided by farmers will be strictly confidential and will only be used for statistical purposes, the office stressed.

“The Census of Agriculture questionnaire was issued early in September and we would like to thank all those who have completed and returned their questionnaire. We are asking farmers who have yet to return the questionnaire to do so now,” said CSO statistician Cathal Doherty.

“You have the option to complete the paper form and return it using the freepost envelope or to complete it online using your unique login details that arrived by post this week,” he added.

This information will be of great value to the farming community and it forms part of an EU-wide programme of farm censuses being conducted this year.

“For every farm, your participation in the Census of Agriculture matters. Your response to the census is confidential and will be used only for statistical purposes,” Doherty pointed out.