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Workshop: Pakistan's Agriculture Information System: geo-spatial technologies for crop monitoring and forecasting in Punjab and Sindh

October 29, 2014 - by FAO, USDA and SUPARCO at Islamabad, Pakistan

Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and Space and Upper Atmosphere Commission of Pakistan (SUPARCO) are implementing a United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) funded project "Agricultural Information System - Building Provincial Capacity in Pakistan for Crop Estimation, Forecasting, and Reporting based on the integral use of Remotely Sensed Data" with the objective to help Pakistan in enhancing and improving current systems for the integral use of remotely sensed data into existing data collection, analysis, and dissemination systems, improving accuracy and timeliness of crop area estimates and yield forecasts to improve of agricultural statistics. State of art computer hardware and software, first in Asia, will help provinces improve the existing crop forecasting and estimation.

Mr Iqbal (SUPARCO) presenting the project To show case the newly developed rural and agricultural survey tools, demonstrate cooperative use and sharing of field data and display the customized web-based information analysis and data delivery system to all government and non-government stakeholders, a workshop was organized at Sheesh Mehal Hall in Islamabad Serena Hotel on 29 October 2014.

Components such as the GLAM-Pakistan, Crop Portal, and the two smart phone applications for field data collection have been introduced through their contribution to CRSs regular crop reporting tasks. All other accomplishments are also highlighted.

Mr. Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, was the chief guest at the event. Officials from PARC (Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman), FAO (Mr. Patrick T. Evans, FAO Representative-Pakistan), U.S. Embassy (Mr. David William, Agriculture Counselor US Embassy-Pakistan), USDA (Dr. Otto Gonzalez, Foreign Agricultural Service), and SUPARCO (Mr. Imran Iqbal) attended the workshop together with representatives of the governments of all provinces and regions of Pakistan, universities, farmers and the media.

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SUPARCO Participants


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  • Mr. Imran Iqbal (SUPARCO): Introduction to the Project and SUPARCO’s support
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  • Mr. Azaz Ahmad (Crop Reporting Service of Punjab): Improvements in Provincial Crop Forecasting, Estimating and Reporting.
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  • Mr. Sarfaraz Ali Bhutto (Crop Reporting Service of Sindh): Improvements in Provincial Crop Forecasting, Estimating and Reporting.
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  • Mr. Umer Saeed (University of Agriculture at Faisalabad): Role of University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Project Execution.
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  • Dr. Altaf Ali Siyal (Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam): Role of Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam in the Pakistan's Agriculture Information System.
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Press releases

  • Daily Times: FAO, USDA help bring in new geo-spatial system forecasting crop yields
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  • The Express Tribune: Agriculture sector: Geo-spatial system for better crop yield
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  • Business Recorder: State-of-the-art crop forecasting system installed at Suparco
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  • Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Flash News: FAO-USDA & SUPARCO introduced new Geo-spatial System for Forecasting Crop Yields in Pakistan
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  • FAO Pakistan Flash News : FAO, US Department of Agriculture present a State-of-the-Art Crop Yields Forecasting Tool to the Government of Pakistan
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