Farm structure surveys are the backbone of agricultural statistics, delivering microinformation that allows the detailed analysis of mechanisms on individual farmers' and farms' behaviour. The response burden described in Section 1.3 forces investment in the use of more efficient instruments for collecting data. Linking sources is a way forward in combination with a permanently updated farm register and area frame. Such frames facilitate sampling, but in themselves can already supply a lot of basic information. In many countries these farm registers have been built or are under development.
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