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Crop Information Portal

[national version (SUPARCO):]

Improvements in data management related to decision support could only be justified if they made things simpler, more accurate or more accessible. The Crop Information Portal is a web based, open source platform developed to support the analysis and dissemination of Pakistan's crop data and related climatic, agronomic, hydrologic and economic variables. It is a component of the "Agriculture Information System" project which is funded by the USDA and implemented by SUPARCO with technical support by FAO and the University of Maryland.


The Portal makes available to WEB users the historical archive and the latest collected data aggregated at district, province or national scale and integrated with other geospatial layers in a GIS like environment.
The Portal allows advanced filtering of the data archive based on the combination of user defined spatial and temporal parameters, focusing on specific crops, agronomic or environmental factors, which are stored into the system, to produce standard outputs such as summary tables, maps, charts and user defined reports.

portal outputs

Main objectives

  • Sharing historical statistics on crop yields, production and area at district, province and national aggregation
  • Sharing historical and current agro-met, hydrologic, fertilizer and market data at various spatial and temporal aggregations
  • Investigating crop conditions during critical growing phases to detect stresses affecting crop results
  • Displaying geospatial data in a GIS like web interface that allows the mapping of local or remote thematic layers, satellite images and other spatial datasets complementing crop information
  • Managing spatial and non spatial data and metadata in a standard and opensource based system

Main components and modules

  • CIP website: static Web section for system's resources sharing
  • Viewer: the main front-end to generate charts, maps and reports. It interacts with GeoServer to allow processes related to these tasks to run
    • Crop Data Explorer: set spatial and temporal filters to extract aggregated outputs such as tables and charts, or display on the fly choropleth maps
    • Agro-met, water resources, fertilizers and market prices Data Explorers: set filters to extract statistics on several crop related variables as tables or charts
    • Crop Health Status: agromet variables compared to the requirements of a selected crop in a selected growing season
    • Map Composer: WEB mapping application based on International standards allowing local or remote datasets to be displayed and analyzed in a GIS like environment
  • Geonetwork: opensource metadata catalogue to describe and disseminate geospatial information on the Web using International standards

Manual: Crop Information Portal. USE. v2.0 - 2016. 5.80 MB
Manual: Crop Information Portal. ADMINISTRATION. v2.0 - 2016. 8.93 MB
Manual: Geonetwork opensource. v2.10 - 2015. 13.26 MB

A major advantage in using the Crop Information Portal would be the ability to generate customized reports based on subsets of data stored in primary database. Currently, data collected by various national institutions are available in spreadsheets, text documents, or hard copies with inconsistent naming and locations which make them difficult to compare temporally and spatially. With The harmonized CIP's database this issue is addressed.

Long-term benefits to those who gather and analyze crop data would derive from increased standardization, minor effort in data merging and finally reduction of errors. The Portal targets all those users who simply need access to data quickly and efficiently, to generate simple statistics or produce standardized outputs for their analysis or reporting.

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Sep 2, 2015 - A new amendment (no. 3) was signed by USDA and FAO to formalize a no-cost extension of the project GCP/PAK/125/USA from Oct 1, 2015 to Sep 30, 2016.

  recent updates

Aug 8, 2016. E-bulletin 11, Apr-Jun 2016.

Aug 5, 2016. E-learning courses on agriculture monitoring and statistics.

Aug 5, 2016. FAO's ECONET approach and land cover change in Pakistan.

Aug 5, 2016. Training on Carbon Sequestration.

Aug 5, 2016. CRS Punjab bulletins Apr 2016.

Apr 22, 2016. Cotton Production & Analytics.

Mar 1, 2016. Testing Sentinel-2 images for crop monitoring in Pakistan.

Feb 20, 2016. Crop Information Portal training.

Jan 20, 2016. Sugarcane Production & Analytics.

Jan 20, 2016. Training on REDD+ Technology for Forest Department Officers of Punjab.

Oct 29, 2014. Agriculture Information System project: roll-out workshop.

Aug 13, 2015. RS/GIS Training in Forest Management, Lahore, 4-8 May 2015.

FAO Pakistan website >>>>


Forum: "Pakistan Agriculture Sector". >>>>


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Government of Sindh: Agriculture Department >>>>


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