[Botswana] Revised 2004 Botswana Agricultural Census Report

Cover Botswana 2004 Revised


Gaborone, Botswana: Republic of Botswana, Central Statistics Office, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, (December 2008)

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This is the revised report on the 2004 Agricultural Census which was published in March 2007. The revision is a result of the computational errors found in the traditional sector data sets and hence the revision of the traditional sector tables and write-up. However, the commercial sector data sets are not affected. The Central Statistics Office humbly regrets the inconvenience that may have been caused to users.  The 2004 Agricultural Census is the third census of its kind. The first and second agricultural censuses were conducted in 1982 and 1993 respectively. The 2004 Agricultural Census was the responsibility of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, through Agricultural Statistics Unit (ASU), in conjunction with the Division of Agricultural Planning and Statistics in the Ministry of Agriculture. The main objective of the census undertaking is to provide benchmarking data on agricultural sector production indicators and other relevant statistics pertaining to agriculture for formulation and review of policies, programmes and projects geared at improving the lives of Batswana.

The report is divided into four chapters. Chapter one deals with the background of
Botswana, while chapter two deals with census objectives, scope and coverage, basic concepts and definitions. Chapter three outlines the census methodology which includes the calculation of standard errors for the first time in a series of censuses of this kind. Chapter four presents census results tables. Another improvement made is the disaggregating of fruits and vegetables in the commercial sector. These have been included as “other crops”.


  • Livestock Population Trends
  • Livestock: Birth, Death and Offtake Rates Trends
  • Crop Area Planted, Harvested, Production, Yield Trends
  • Crops: Land Holdings, Land Area, Crop Holdings
  • Livestock: Holdings, Sales, Home Slaughter, Purchases, Births, Deaths
  • Land Holdings
  • Holders by Gender, Marital Status, Age Group
  • Persons Living in Holders Dwelling by Age Group
  • Education Attainment
  • Type of Holding Operation
  • Holdings by Other Economic Activities
  • Full-time Farmers
  • Reliable Source of Livestock Water Supply
  • Ownership of Livestock Water Supply
  • Borehole Source of Energy
  • Source of Income
  • Source of Food
  • Holdings with Employed Farm Workers
  • Farm Workers: Citizenship, Gender, Education, Marital Status, Employee Status, Total Earnings
  • Cattle, Dairy Cattle Population, Herd Size, Composition, Breed, Inventory, Sales by Various Buyers, Revenue Received, Purchases and Cost Incurred (Pula), Breed Preference, Reasons for Breed Preference, Breeding Method Used
  • Goat Population, Holdings, Flock Size, Composition, Breed, Inventory, Sales and Revenue Received (Pula), Purchases and Cost Incurred (Pula)
  • Sheep Holdings, Population, Herd Size, Composition, Breed, Inventory, Sales and Revenue Received (Pula), Purchases and Cost Incurred (Pula)
  • Donkeys: Holdings, Population, Herd Size, Sales and Revenue Received (Pula)
  • Chickens: Holdings, Population, Flock Size, Sales and Revenue Received (Pula)
  • Horses: Holdings, Population, Number Per Holding, Total Sales and Revenue Received (Pula)
  • Pigs: Holdings, Population, Pigs Per Holdings, Total Sales and Revenue Received (Pula)
  • Dogs: Holdings, Population, Dogs Per Holding
  • Land Holdings, Area, Fields, Area Planted, Area Harvested, Type of Crop, Yield, Reasons for Not Ploughing. Fencing Status, Type of Fencing Material Used
  • Crops: Holdings Planted, Quantity Sold, Revenue Received (Pula)
  • Holdings Planted by: Sources of Seeds, Type of Draught Power Used, Provision of Draught Power Used, Planting Methods, Fertilizer Use Status, Type of Fertilizer Used, Weeding Status, Predominant Weeds
  • Holdings Harvested by Crop Buyers, Reasons for Not Harvesting
  • Number of Holdings by: Farm Ownership Status, Fertilizer Use, Type of Organisation or Management, Fertilizer Use Status, Fertilizer Used, Crop Buyers, Horticultural Products Buyers, Employed Farm Workers
  • Vegetables, Fruits: Holdings Planted, Area Planted, Harvested, Production

Crops: Sorghum, Maize, Millet, Beans/Pulses, Sunflower, Groundnuts, Pearl/Finger Millet, Wheat, Cotton, Tomatoes, Onions, Cabbages, Spinach/Chemolier, Carrots, Beetroots, Butternuts, Vegetables, Oranges, Naartjies, Lemons, Bananas, Mangoes, Melons

Livestock: Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Donkeys, Horses, Chicken, Pigs, Ostrich, Dairy Cattle

Regions: Barolong, Ngwaketse South, Ngwaketse North, Ngwaketse Central, Ngwaketse West, Southern Region, Balete/Tlokweng, Kweneng South, Kweneng North, Kweneng West, Kgatleng, Gaborone Region, Mahalapye East, Mahalapye West, Palapye, Serowe, Bobonong, Letlhakane, Selebi-Phikwe, Central Region, Tati, Tutume, Tonota, Francistwon Region, Ngamiland West, Ngamiland East, Chobe, Maun Region, Gantsi, Hukuntsi, Tsabong, Western Region, Tuli, Gantsi Freehold, Molopo Freehold, Gaborone Freehold, Pandamatenga, Lobatse Freehold, Sand Veldt TGLP, Ngwaketse TGLP, Kgalagadi TGLP, Kweneng TGLP, Gantsi TGLP, Haina Veldt TGLP, Nata TGLP, Lepasha TGLP, Barolong Farms, Letlhakane TGLP