Economic accounts for agriculture (aact)

National Reference Metadata in ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure (ESQRS)

Compiling agency: National Statistics Office

Time Dimension: 2017-50

Data Provider: MT1

Data Flow: COSAEA_NEQ_5


Eurostat metadata
Reference metadata
1. Contact
2. Statistical presentation
3. Statistical processing
4. Quality management
5. Relevance
6. Accuracy and reliability
7. Timeliness and punctuality
8. Coherence and comparability
9. Accessibility and clarity
10. Cost and Burden
11. Confidentiality
12. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)
 



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1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation

National Statistics Office

1.2. Contact organisation unit

Environment, Transport and Agriculture Statistics

1.5. Contact mail address


2. Statistical presentation Top
2.1. Data description

Main characteristics

2.1.1 Describe shortly the main characteristics of the statistics  

The Economic Accounts for Agriculture (EAA) provide detailed information on income in the agricultural sector. The purpose is to analyse the production process of the agricultural industry and the primary income generated by this production. The accounts are therefore based on the industry concept. The EAA accounts are detailed data on value of output (producer prices and basic prices), intermediate consumption, subsidies and taxes, consumption of fixed capital, rent and interests, capital formation etc. The values are in current as well as in constant prices. Agricultural Labour Input (ALI) and Unit Values (UV) are an integrated part of the overall concept of Economic Accounts for Agriculture.


Reference period

2.1.2 Reference period of the data collection 

2017

2.1.3 Is the reference period based on the calendar year starting January 1st and ending December 31st? Yes
2.1.4 If No, please specify


National legislation

2.1.5 Is there a national legislation covering these statistics?  No
If Yes, please answer all the following questions.  
2.1.6 Name of the national legislation 
2.1.7 Link to the national legislation 
2.1.8 Responsible organisation for the national legislation 
2.1.9 Year of entry into force of the national legislation 
2.1.10 Please indicate which variables required under EU regulation are not covered by national legislation, if any.
2.1.11 Please indicate which national definitions differ from those in the EU regulation, if any. 
2.1.12 Is there a legal obligation for respondents to reply? 


Additional comments on data description

2.2. Classification system

The EAA is an integral part of the European system of accounts and therefore for their compilation the Eurostat's general classification of economic activities, NACE Rev. 2, is used.

2.3. Coverage - sector

EAA cover the Agricultural sector.

2.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

One of the principal objectives of the EAA is to measure agricultural income and changes therein.
The three agricultural income indicators can be described as follows:
Indicator A: index of the real income of factors in agriculture per AWU
Indicator B: index of real net agricultural entrepreneurial income, per non-salaried AWU
Indicator C: net entrepreneurial income of agriculture

2.5. Statistical unit

In order to analyse flows generated by the production process and the use of goods and services, it is necessary to select units which emphasise relationships of a technico-economic kind. This requirement means that as a rule institutional units must be partitioned into smaller and more homogeneous units with regard to the kind of production. Local kind-of-activity units (local KAUs) are intended to meet this requirement as a first but practically-oriented operational approach

2.6. Statistical population

The agricultural holding, which is the unit currently used for statistical studies of agriculture (censuses, surveys of the structure of agricultural holdings), is the local KAU most appropriate to the agricultural industry.In addition to agricultural holdings, the agricultural industry comprises units made up of groups of producers (e.g. cooperatives) which produce wine and olive oil and specialised units which provide machines, material and labour for the performance of contract work.

2.7. Reference area
2.7.1 Geographical area covered

The entire territory of the country.

2.7.2 Which special Member State territories are included?

Not applicable

2.8. Coverage - Time

For EAA we have a timeseries from 1999 onwards.  In our annual news release we publish the data for the last 5 years.

2.9. Base period


3. Statistical processing Top
3.1. Source data

Overall summary

3.1.1 Total number of different data sources used

8

The breakdown is as follows: 
3.1.2 Total number of sources of the type "Census"

0

3.1.3 Total number of sources of the type "Sample survey"

1

3.1.4 Total number of sources of the type "Administrative source"

7

3.1.5 Total number of sources of the type "Experts"

0

3.1.6 Total number of sources of the type "Other sources"

0


Census

If there is a specific census conducted in your country to collect data exclusively for the EAA please describe it in this part. For other data sources please use table 3.1 in the annexed Excel file. If metadata already exist just provide the name of the data source. 
3.1.7 Name/Title
3.1.8 Name of Organisation responsible
3.1.9 Main scope
3.1.10 List used to build the frame
3.1.11 Any possible threshold values
3.1.12 Population size
3.1.13 Additional comments


Sample survey

If there is a specific survey conducted in your country to collect data exclusively for the EAA please describe it in this part. For other data sources please use table 3.1. If metadata already exist just provide the name of the data source.(e.g. FSS, Crop production, Animal production, Prices in Agriculture) 
3.1.14 Name/Title
3.1.15 Name of Organisation responsible
3.1.16 Main scope
3.1.17 List used to build the frame
3.1.18 Any possible threshold values
3.1.19 Population size
3.1.20 Sample size
3.1.21 Sampling basis
3.1.22 If Other, please specify
3.1.23 Type of sample design
3.1.24 If Other, please specify
3.1.25 If Stratified, number of strata
3.1.26 If Stratified, stratification criteria
3.1.27 If Other, please specify
3.1.28 Additional comments


Administrative source

If there is a specific administrative source in your country witch provide data exclusively for the EAA please describe it in this part. For other administrative sources please use table 3.1. If metadata already exist just provide the name of the data source. 
3.1.29 Name/Title
3.1.30 Name of Organisation responsible
3.1.31 Contact information (email and phone)
3.1.32 Main administrative scope
3.1.33 Geospatial Coverage
3.1.34 Update frequency
3.1.35 Legal basis
3.1.36 Are you able to access directly to the micro data?
3.1.37 Are you able to check the plausibility of the data, namely by contacting directly the units?
3.1.38 How would you assess the proximity of the definitions and concepts (including statistical units) used in the administrative source with those required in the EU regulation?
3.1.39 Please list the main differences between the administrative source and the statistical definitions and concepts
3.1.40 Is a different threshold used in the administrative source and statistical data?
3.1.41 If Yes, please specify
3.1.42 Additional comments


Experts

If there is a specific expert source in your country witch provide data exclusively for the EAA please describe it in this part. For other expert sources please use table 3.1. If metadata already exist just provide the name of the data source.
3.1.43 Name/Title
3.1.44 Primary purpose
3.1.45 Legal basis
3.1.46 Update frequency
3.1.47 Expert data supplier
3.1.48 If Other, please specify
3.1.49 How would you assess the quality of those data?
3.1.50 Additional comments


Other sources

If there is more than one other statistical activity, please describe the main one below and the additional ones in table 3.1 of the annexed Excel file 
3.1.51 Name/Title
3.1.52 Name of Organisation
3.1.53 Primary purpose
3.1.54 Data type
3.1.55 If Other, please specify
3.1.56 How would you assess the quality of those data?
3.1.57 Additional comments

 



Annexes:
Data Sources and Compilation
3.2. Frequency of data collection

Annual

3.3. Data collection

Census

If there is a specific census conducted in your country to collect data exclusively for the EAA please describe the method of data collection in this part. For other data sources please use table 3.3. If metadata alredy exist just provide the name of the data source. 
3.3.1 Name/Title
3.3.2 Methods of data collection
3.3.3 If Other, please specify
3.3.4 If face-to-face or telephone interview, which method is used?
3.3.5 Data entry method, if paper questionnaires?
3.3.6 Please annex the questionnaire used (if very long: please provide the hyperlink)
3.3.7 Additional comments


Sample survey

If there is a specific survay conducted in your country to collect data exclusively for the EAA please describe the method of data collection in this part.For other data sources please use table 3.3. If metadata alredy exist just provide the name of the data source. 
3.3.8 Name/Title
3.3.9 Methods of data collection
3.3.10 If Other, please specify
3.3.11 If face-to-face or telephone interview, which method is used?
3.3.12 Data entry method, if paper questionnaires?
3.3.13 Please annex the questionnaire used (if very long: please provide the hyperlink)
3.3.14 Additional comments


Administrative source

If there is a specific administrative source in your country to collect data exclusively for the EAA please describe the metod of data collection in this part.For other data sources please use table 3.3. If metadata alredy exist just provide the name of the data source. 
3.3.15 Name/Title
3.3.16 Extraction date
3.3.17 How easy is it to get access to the data?
3.3.18 Data transfer method
3.3.19 Additional comments


Experts

If there is a specific expert source in your country witch provide data exclusively for the EAA please describe the metod of data collection in this part. For other expert sources please use table 3.3. If metadata alredy exist just provide the name of the data source.
3.3.20 Name/Title
3.3.21 Methods of data collection
3.3.22 Additional comments


Annexes:
Data Sources and Compilation
3.4. Data validation
3.4.1 Which kind of data validation measures are in place? Manual
3.4.2 What do they target? Completeness
Aggregates
Consistency
3.4.3 If Other, please specify
3.5. Data compilation
3.5.1 Describe the data compilation process

The data from all the administrative sources together with the data from the FADN Survey is stored in separate files.  Such data is linked together by using links from one file to another to be able to compile the economic accounts for agriculture.  For the input side, the data is based on the several sub-sector surveys that were carried out in the past together with the linking to indices in order to estimate the intermediate consumption on fuels, maintenance, veterinary, plant protection products and fertilizers.  From such files than the data is compiled into the format needed for the national news release and also for the data to be transmitted to Eurostat.

3.5.2 Additional comments
3.6. Adjustment

Not applicable


4. Quality management Top
4.1. Quality assurance
4.1.1 Is there a quality management system used in the organisation? No
4.1.2 If yes, how is it implemented?
4.1.3 Has a peer review been carried out? No
4.1.4 If Yes, which were the main conclusions?
4.1.5 What quality improvements are foreseen?
4.1.6 If Other, please specify
4.1.7 Additional comments
4.2. Quality management - assessment

Development since the last quality report

4.2.1 Overall quality Stable
4.2.2 Relevance Stable
4.2.3 Accuracy and reliability Stable
4.2.4 Timeliness and punctuality Stable
4.2.5 Comparability Stable
4.2.6 Coherence Stable
4.2.7 Additional comments


5. Relevance Top
5.1. Relevance - User Needs
5.1.1 If certain user needs are not met, please specify which and why

Not applicable

5.1.2 Please specify any plans to satisfy needs more completely in the future
5.1.3 Additional comments
5.2. Relevance - User Satisfaction
5.2.1 Has a user satisfaction survey been conducted? Yes
If Yes, please answer all the following questions 
5.2.2 Year of the user satisfaction survey

2014

5.2.3 How satisfied were the users? Satisfied
5.2.4 Additional comments
5.3. Completeness
5.3.1 Data completeness - rate

100%

5.3.2 If not complete, which characteristics are missing?
5.3.3 Additional comments


6. Accuracy and reliability Top
6.1. Accuracy - overall
6.1.1 How good is the accuracy? Good
6.1.2 What are the main factors lowering the accuracy? Other
6.1.3 If Other, please specify

Not applicable

6.1.4 Additional comments

Not applicable

6.2. Sampling error

Not applicable

6.2.1. Sampling error - indicators

Not applicable

6.3. Non-sampling error

Not applicable

6.3.1. Coverage error

Not applicable

6.3.1.1. Over-coverage - rate

Not applicable

6.3.1.2. Common units - proportion

Not applicable

6.3.2. Measurement error

Not applicable

6.3.3. Non response error

Not applicable

6.3.3.1. Unit non-response - rate

Not applicable

6.3.3.2. Item non-response - rate

Not applicable

6.3.4. Processing error

Not applicable

6.3.4.1. Imputation - rate

Not applicable

6.3.5. Model assumption error

Not applicable

6.4. Seasonal adjustment

Not applicable

6.5. Data revision - policy

The data published in the annual news release for reference year n-1 may be subject to change due to mianly updates regarding the subsidies paid.  There could be some additional minor changes due to updates in certain estimates.

6.6. Data revision - practice
6.6.1 Data revision - average size

Published data for a reference year is subject to minor revisions due to updates received for certain variables or errors encountered in the data compilation.

6.6.2 Were data revisions due to conceptual changes (e.g. new definitions)  carried out since the last quality report? No
6.6.3 What was the main reason for the revisions?

Updates regarding the amount of Subsidies paid

6.6.4 How do you evaluate the impact of the revisions? Important
6.6.5 Additional comments

No comments


7. Timeliness and punctuality Top
7.1. Timeliness
7.1.1 When were  the first  results for the reference period published?

Only final results are published

7.1.2 When were  the final results for the reference period published?

11 September 2018

7.1.3 Reasons for possible long production times?

Not applicable.

7.2. Punctuality
7.2.1 Were data released nationally according to a pre-announced schedule (Release Calendar)? Yes
7.2.2 If Yes, were data released on the target date? Yes
7.2.3 If No, reasons for delays?
7.2.4 Number of days between the national release date of data and the target date


8. Coherence and comparability Top
8.1. Comparability - geographical

To be assessed by Eurostat

8.1.1. Asymmetry for mirror flow statistics - coefficient
8.2. Comparability - over time
8.2.1 Length of comparable time series

1999

8.2.2 Have there been major breaks in the time series? No
8.2.3 If Yes, please specify the year of break and the reason
8.2.4 Additional comments
8.3. Coherence - cross domain
8.3.1 With which other national data sources have the data been compared?

No comparison have been made

8.3.2 Describe briefly the results of comparisons
8.3.3 If no comparisons have been made, explain why

In Malta, there is not any other published figures regarding the EAA and therefore no comparison can be made.

8.3.4 Additional comments
8.4. Coherence - sub annual and annual statistics
8.5. Coherence - National Accounts

Use of EAA-data in NA calculations

Are EAA used by NA as data source for Group 01 Degree of implication Please describe briefly the reasons
Output Main source used

Output of S13 is added to that shown in the EAA and the total is adjusted to include  R&D and software for own final use. Subsidies on products included in EAA output are replaced by Government Finance Statistics (GFS). Quarterly indicators are used for quarterly distribution and extrapolation.

Intermediate consumption Main source used

S13 data is added and the total is adjusted by NA to include FISIM and insurance service charge and to exclude wages and salaries in kind, taxes on production, insurance premiums and purchased R&D.    

Fixed capital consumption Secondary source used

S13 data is added and the total is adjusted to bring in line with the NA model for fixed capital consumption.

Compensation of employees Not used

Data in EAA is compiled by NA

Taxes Not used
Subsidies Secondary source used

Data is replaced by that shown in GFS.

Rents Main source used
Interest Not used

In NA interest is worked out by institutional sector.

Gross fixed capital formation Main source used

Other estimates such as R&D and software are added.

Labour input Not used


Use of NA-data in EAA calculations

Are NA used as data source for EAA Degree of implication  Please describe briefly the reasons 
Output
Intermediate consumption
Fixed capital consumption
Compensation of employees Main source used

The data is compiled directly by the National Account Unit

Taxes
Subsidies
Rents
Interest
Gross fixed capital formation
Labour input
8.6. Coherence - internal


9. Accessibility and clarity Top
9.1. Dissemination format - News release
9.1.1 Do you publish a news release? Yes
9.1.2 If Yes, please provide a link

https://nso.gov.mt/en/News_Releases/View_by_Unit/Unit_B3/Environment_Energy_Transport_and_Agriculture_Statistics/Pages/Economic-Accounts-for-Agriculture.aspx

9.2. Dissemination format - Publications
9.2.1 Do you produce a paper publication? No
9.2.2 If Yes, is there an English version?
9.2.3 Do you produce an electronic publication? No
9.2.4 If Yes, is there an English version?
9.2.5 Please provide a link
9.3. Dissemination format - online database
9.3.1 Data tables - consultations

Not applicable

9.3.2 Is an on-line database accessible to users? No
9.3.3 Please provide a link

Not applicable

9.4. Dissemination format - microdata access
9.4.1 Are micro-data accessible to users? No
9.4.2 Please provide a link

Not applicable

9.5. Dissemination format - other

Not applicable

9.6. Documentation on methodology
9.6.1 Are national reference metadata files available? Yes
9.6.2 Please provide a link

https://nso.gov.mt/metadata/reports.aspx?id=18

9.6.3 Are methodological papers available? No
9.6.4 Please provide a link

Not applicable

9.6.5 Is a handbook available? No
9.6.6 Please provide a link

Not applicable

9.7. Quality management - documentation
9.7.1 Metadata completeness - rate

Not applicable

9.7.2 Metadata - consultations

Not applicable

9.7.3 Is a quality report available? Yes
9.7.4 Please provide a link

https://nso.gov.mt/metadata/reports.aspx?id=18


10. Cost and Burden Top
10.1 Efficiency gains if compared to the previous quality report None
10.2 If Other, please specify
10.3 Burden reduction measures since the previous quality report None
10.4 If Other, please specify


11. Confidentiality Top
11.1. Confidentiality - policy
11.1.1 Are confidential data transmitted to Eurostat? No
11.1.2 If yes, are they confidential in the sense of Reg. (EC) 223/2009?
11.1.3 Describe the data confidentiality policy in place

EAA statistics are not considered as confidential. No anonymised data is available.

11.2. Confidentiality - data treatment
11.2.1 Describe the procedures for ensuring confidentiality during dissemination

EAA statistics are not considered as confidential. No anonymised data is available.

11.2.2 Additional comments

No comments


12. Comment Top


Related metadata Top


Annexes Top
Data Sources and Compilation
Data Sources and Compilation
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