The Central Statistics Office said it will start collecting the Census of Agriculture 2020 next month.  

This information, which was first gathered in Ireland in 1847 and has since been collected every 10 years, was due to take place in June but was postponed as a result of Covid-19. 

The CSO said that almost 140,000 farms will receive the Census of Agriculture questionnaire by post in the first week of September. 

All farms are required by law to complete and return the questionnaire by September 17.

The CSO said that in order to make it easier for people, the number of pages in the questionnaire has been reduced from eight pages to four. 

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

Questions in the farm census are organised into three sections - Farm Management, Livestock and Poultry totals and land use.

CSO statistician Cathal Doherty said the Census of Agriculture provides benchmark statistics on the number of farms in Ireland and the structure in terms of farm enterprise. 

"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," Mr Doherty said. 

"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," he added.