National Statistics, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Outline

     This chapter is concerned with information on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and livestock husbandry. The scope of agricultural production reporting system cover all agricultural products produced in Taiwan Area except sheep, horses and deer. Production does not include intermediate inputs, consumption or waste. The productions of principal products are all reported. For by-products only productions of forestry are reported. From the reported data, the Council of Agriculture picks out a number of representative products for calculation of the agricultural production index which adopts the Laspeyres fixed base weighted formula, with the weights being the prices of farm products prevailing in the base year. In shifting the base year, the Fisher Ideal formula is used to splice the new and old indices. To avoid double counting the agricultural output, seeds are deducted from the output of a crop in calculation of the output index for the crop. In calculation of the general agricultural production index, crop products used as animal feed are further deducted in order to avoid double counting of the animal feed in the crop sector. Animal feed is included in the livestock and fisheries production.
     Fisheries -- This line of business can be divided into six categories, i.e., deep sea fisheries, offshore fisheries, coastal fisheries, marine aquaculture, inland water fisheries and inland water aquaculture. The deep sea fisheries refer to fishing on waters beyond the economic zones of our country by means of powered vessels. The offshore fisheries refer to fishing on the waters within the economic zones of our country, i.e., 12 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles from the coast by means of powered vessels. The coastal fisheries refer to fishing on the territorial waters, i.e., 12 nautical miles from the coast by fishing raft or other means. The marine aquaculture refers to raising aquatic animals or plants in the waters along the coast. The inland water fisheries refer to fishing or harvesting of aquatic animals or plants in inland waters. The inland water   aquaculture refers to raising aquatic animals or plants in inland waters.