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Output Price Index and Prices in Agriculture

      1. Kosovo Agency of Statistics - KAS
      1. Department of Agriculture and Environment Statistics
      1. Mrs. Violeta Arifi – Gashi
      1. Head of Division for Agriculture Statistics
      1. Street “Zenel Salihu” no 4. 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo
      1. violeta.arifii@rks-gov.net
      1. + 381 38 200 31 129
      1. No fax number available. The fax number is general: +381 38 235 033
      1. 20/11/2015
      1. 20/11/2015
      1. 24/11/2017
      1. The purpose of the Agriculture Output Price Index is to measure the price movements for the products sold by the farmer.
      1. No classification is applied.
      1. Agricultural product price sector.
      1. The publication contains data on: Quarterly price index of agricultural outputs, monthly prices index of agricultural outputs, monthly price index changes of agricultural outputs, monthly price index of plant products, and monthly price index of livestock products.
      1. Farms, mills and markets and other places where local agricultural product prices can be collected.
      1. The products that make up the base for the agricultural outputs price index are divided into two main groups: Plant and livestock products. Within plant products, prices have been collected for these groups; cereals, forage plants, vegetables, potatoes and trees. In livestock products prices are collected for livestock and livestock products. Within livestock prices are collected for four categories of animals; cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens. These prices are based on live weight of animals. Within livestock products prices are collected for milk, eggs and honey.
      1. Kosovo (national level).
      1. Time series are available from the reference year 2004.
      1. Basic year 2010 = 100.
      1. Indicators are reported in euro and in percentages.
      1. The reference period is on a monthly basis.
      1. Statistical units, natural and legal persons, regardless of whether they have a legal personality or not, are obliged to provide complete, updated and truthful information to the KAS and other producers of official statistics in appropriate form, timely and free of charge determined by the producer of official statistics, defined in article 2, Law No. 04/L-036 ON OFFICIAL STATISTICS OF REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO.
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      1. “Agency shall ensure that individual data collected for statistical purposes, whether collected from natural or legal persons, or bodies and organizations of the public administration (hereinafter “Respondents”), are handled in a strictly confidential manner and used exclusively for statistical purposes. Law 04/L-036, Article 34. “All respondents shall be obliged, in accordance with the applicable law, to cooperate and provide timely and accurately statistical data to the Agency, and to cooperate with the Agency to verify the accuracy of the collected data. Law 04/L-036, Article 21: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/2024/law-on-officiial-statistics.pdf
      1. Access to confidential data shall be permitted only to persons who are in charge of producing the official statistics up to that level that these data are necessary for producing statistics. Article 37, Law No. 04/L-036: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/2024/law-on-officiial-statistics.pdf .
      1. KAS publishes yearly an advanced release calendar for all its publication for the current year. The calendar is publicly accessible on the KAS website.
      1. http://ask.rks-gov.net/en/news/release-calendar/
      1. The general policy is that before publishing statistics on the Kosovo Agency of Statistics web site a press release is available, also on the web site, to inform users and media. All users get access to data at the same time.
      1. Data dissemination is on a quarterly basis.
      1. News releases on-line at the time of data dissemination.
      1. KAS publications, tables and material for press release are always available in three languages: Albanian, English and Serbian http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/3655/output-price-index-and-prices-in-agriculture-q3-2017.pdf
      1. KAS has online database: http://askdata.rks-gov.net/PXWeb/pxweb/en/askdata
      1. Users do not have direct access to micro-data, but by law researchers and institutions can request access through KAS.
      1. Data on culture statistics are also published in the KAS Statistical Yearbook: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/3637/statistical-yearbook-of-the-republic-of-kosovo-2017.pdf
      1. A brief explanation of the definitions, key concepts and methodological explanations for users is presented in the publication of data: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/3655/output-price-index-and-prices-in-agriculture-q3-2017.pdf
      1. KAS is committed to quality assurance in the production of official statistics. Based on the "Law On Official Statistics, Law 04 / L-036", KAS uses statistical methods and processes in accordance with internationally accepted scientific principles and standards and conducts ongoing analyzes in order to improve the quality and delivery of updated statistics. In carrying out its duties, KAS follows the overall quality management principles, in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice. KAS has developed a Quality Statement which is available on the KAS website: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/1890/statement-of-quality.pdf. The document lists eleven principles, much in line with the CoP principles like professional independence and statistical confidentiality, on which the work of KAS is based.
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      1. During July 2017 In Kosovo Agency of Statistics was conducted the process of assessment of the Kosovo Statistical System through the “Peer Review” approach.
      1. The main objective is to provide the basic data needed for changes in prices in agricultural products.
      1. One of the key elements to ensure the quality of statistical data is the measurement of the satisfaction of users. The survey aims to gather comprehensive information on the needs and requirements of users of official statistical data. Through this survey the users of statistical data have expressed their thoughts and opinions regarding statistical views, they have provided advice and suggestions regarding their needs for statistics and how to improve these statistical data in the future. This survey was conducted during the conference held with the users of statistical data, in which 11 users responded. The questionnaire contained eight questions and included various topics: the use of statistical data, assessment of KAS in general, the assessment of the KAS website, assessment of the quality of statistical data, etc. More detailed information on this survey: http://ask.rks-gov.net/media/1906/report-from-the-user-satisfaction-survey.pdf
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      1. From the collection of data that includes the reference period (July - August 2017). The final data dissemination for Q3 2017 is 45 days (N + 45).
      1. Delay in time is 0.
      1. Statistics are comparable between geographic areas.
      1. There are no breakdowns in time series.
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      1. The data are checked before they are finalized. The links between the variables and the coherence in their series are also checked. The data are coherent in the internal aspect.
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      1. There is no revision policy at KAS.
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      1. Prices are collected in seven regions: Prishtina, Mitrovica, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Ferizaj and Gjilan. From the beginning, the number of items for which prices have been collected has increased step by step. Prices are collected for 64 products and measure the prices that farmers receive for the part of their products that have been sold.
      1. Data collection is on a monthly basis.
      1. Data collection is done through regional offices through questionnaire and direct interview.
      1. The data are checked and completed if we have no response in the questionnaire modalities. After completion, the logical control is continued in the office before the data is entered. Checking data after entering, cleaning the database, analyzing, tabulating, and publishing of the data.
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