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
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.
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
|1||Antonio Martucci||Information Systems Officer||FAO HQs|
|2||Dr. Robina Wahaj||Irrigation Expert||FAO HQs|
|3||Kevin Gallagher||Representative||FAO, Pakistan|
|4||Asad Ali Butt||Program Officer||FAO, Pakistan|
|5||Abdul Ghafoor||Director||SUPARCO, Islamabad|
|6||Dr. Amjad Ali||General Manager||SUPARCO, Islamabad|
|7||Muhammad Ibrahim||Manager||SUPARCO, Islamabad|
|8||Obaid ur Rehman||Manager||SUPARCO, Islamabad|
|9||Hassan Ali||Assistant Manager||SUPARCO, Islamabad|
|10||Nasim Ahmed Malik||Director||CRS, Punjab|
|11||Muhammad Akram||Research Officer (Agro)||CRS, Punjab|
|12||Muhammad Haris||Mazher Research Officer (GIS)||CRS, Punjab|
|13||Zaheer Ahmed||Research Officer (RS)||CRS, Punjab|
|14||Muhammad Anwar||Statistical Officer||CRS, Punjab|
|15||Abdur Razaq||Statistical Officer||CRS, Punjab|
|16||Muhammad Farooq||Statistical Officer||CRS, Punjab|
|17||Azaz Ahmad||Statistical Officer||CRS, Punjab|
|18||Abdur Rehman||Research Officer (GIS)||CRS, KPK|
|19||Muhammad Jamil Khan||Research Officer (RS)||CRS, KPK|
|20||Amanullah Surahiyo||Assistant Director||CRS, Sindh|
|21||Muhmmad Farrukh Ghias||Statistical Officer||CRS, Sindh|
|22||Dr. Jehanzab Masud||Lecturer||University of Agriculture, Faisalabad|
|23||Dr. Ashfaq A. Chattha||Director External link||University of Agriculture, Faisalabad|
|24||Dr. Inayatullah Rajhar||Associate Professor||Sindh 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;
- 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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