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Awareness Workshop on Crop Information Portal: status of development and next steps. 24 April, 2013, Lahore

As part of the Pakistan Agriculture Information System project, SUPARCO, FAO and USDA are developing a web based crop portal to support the dissemination of information on historical crop data and the latest produced crop and agro-meteorological data, integrated with satellite based information into a GIS supported environment.

To acquaint the scientists, researchers and university teachers, SUPARCO and FAO organzide a workshop at Lahore from 23-24 April 2013 with the objective to present the status of development, functionalities and graphic interface of the Crop Information Portal.

workshop lahore: group photo workshop lahore: presentation

Key points addressed during the workshop:

  • Activity background
  • System architecture
  • Core modules and outputs
  • WEB GIS component
  • Data content
  • Equipment / IT Requirements
  • From development to operational
  • Future recommendations

List of participants:

The workshop was attended by officials from Crop Reporting Services of Punjab (8) and Sindh (2), University of Agriculture-Faisalabad (2), University of Agriculture-Tando Jam (1), SUPARCO (5) and FAO (4). On special invitation officials from Crop Reporting Service of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (2) also attended:

1Antonio MartucciInformation Systems OfficerFAO HQs
2Dr. Robina WahajIrrigation ExpertFAO HQs
3Kevin GallagherRepresentativeFAO, Pakistan
4Asad Ali ButtProgram OfficerFAO, Pakistan
5Abdul GhafoorDirectorSUPARCO, Islamabad
6Dr. Amjad AliGeneral ManagerSUPARCO, Islamabad
7Muhammad IbrahimManagerSUPARCO, Islamabad
8Obaid ur RehmanManagerSUPARCO, Islamabad
9Hassan AliAssistant ManagerSUPARCO, Islamabad
10Nasim Ahmed MalikDirectorCRS, Punjab
11Muhammad AkramResearch Officer (Agro)CRS, Punjab
12Muhammad HarisMazher Research Officer (GIS)CRS, Punjab
13Zaheer AhmedResearch Officer (RS)CRS, Punjab
14Muhammad AnwarStatistical OfficerCRS, Punjab
15Abdur RazaqStatistical OfficerCRS, Punjab
16Muhammad FarooqStatistical OfficerCRS, Punjab
17Azaz AhmadStatistical OfficerCRS, Punjab
18Abdur RehmanResearch Officer (GIS)CRS, KPK
19Muhammad Jamil KhanResearch Officer (RS)CRS, KPK
20Amanullah SurahiyoAssistant DirectorCRS, Sindh
21Muhmmad Farrukh GhiasStatistical OfficerCRS, Sindh
22Dr. Jehanzab MasudLecturerUniversity of Agriculture, Faisalabad
23Dr. Ashfaq A. ChatthaDirector External linkUniversity of Agriculture, Faisalabad
24Dr. Inayatullah RajharAssociate ProfessorSindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam


  • Better understanding of the system and of its usefulness in data and information dissemination
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Future Development Directions

Discussion and feedback

After the presentation of Portal's components, a discussion took place with end users to collect impressions, expectations and uniqueness in comparison with other project products. Workshop participants provided the following recommendations:

  • The use of tehsil boundary could be considered in the future at Provincial level as the lowest administrative boundary for portal's data; information.
  • Pre-defined group of districts might be used to perform analysis in the portal according to common agriculture characteristics.
  • As for crop maps, also agromet parameters could be used to generate maps on the fly based on District data; the archive of agromet grids could be formatted to be loaded into the Portal.
  • Geo-spatial processing on the fly could be implemented taking into account the increase in computational resources required.
  • The system should be enriched with additional agromet data such as cold waves, heat waves, solar radiation and fertilizers. Precipitations and temperature are so far the factors available. Weather stations are one of the vector spatial layers in the mapping component.
  • Needs for availability of crop damage information in some type of format.

Most of these recommendations will be collected and submit, together with other ideas and requests, for a future second phase development of the Portal.

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