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.
The Crop Reporting Service, Agriculture Department, Punjab is adopting Area Frame Sampling (AFS) Method to improve the accuracy of these estimates. Out of the total villages in Punjab province, 5500 village segments have been selected for the crop estimation work. The staff of Crop Reporting Service is appointed in these villages.