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Agriculture Marketing Information Service (AMIS) in Punjab Pakistan

18 Jan

As I have already emphasized on the importance of the use of IT (Information Technology) in  agriculture Pakistan for

1-Awareness of the farmer from cultivation to harvesting

2-Marketing of the crops afterwards

We have developed a mobile phone based information system for the farmers which use SMS as medium of communication. Our system focuses on the cheap delivery of the useful information for  farmers including seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and weather. We were unable to market our system. Although we wanted to work extend this system.

 

Now I am very glad that Punjab Government jointly with Punjab Information Technology Board  Agriculture Marketing Information Service (AMIS).

Purpose of Agriculture Marketing Information Service (AMIS) is to disseminate prices of agriculture commodities prices from 135 markets located across the province of Punjab. In 2010, Agriculture Department of Punjab decided to enhance the service by collecting international agricultural commodity prices and publishing these prices on AMIS. Exchange of Information across international exchanges and internal market places will enable AMIS to gain comparative analysis of local and international commodity prices and will also provide benefit to traders, exporters and other stakeholders. All the enhancements in AMIS have been made live effective 15th June, 2011.

Salient Features

  • Real time conversion of international commodity prices from U.S Dollars and Indian Rupee to Pak Rupee.
  • Storing closing prices of all agricultural commodities for historical reporting.
  • Improved reporting (tabular and graphical) of international commodity prices.
  • Publishing international commodity prices in Urdu language.

You can access AMIS here

 

It is very positive development in Pakistan. These type of systems and services are already working effectively in the World. Hope that this project may not victim of government inefficiency and dishonesty.

 

Some of my text is copied here

In next coming posts I will deeply go through the features and benefits of this AMIS.

Problems of Agriculture Pakistan and Solution

8 Nov

Pakistan’s high potential for producing food is an internationally established fact.  However, agriculture sector in Pakistan is facing significant challenges.  Some of these challenges are:

  1. Communication gap between farmers and agriculture information providers including agricultural advisories and product sellers
  2.  Shortage of water, power and capital

Fortunately, progress in mobile communication and information technology has the potential to provide significant support to farmers in surmounting these challenges.  Some of the technologies that can be leveraged include: Mobile communication and smart consumer devices like phones, PDA’s etc.

Integrated use of these technologies can lead to optimization of individual farmer’s operations as well as accurate estimation of total farm production at district and farm level. A number of efforts have been made to leverage mobile communication to assist farmers. These efforts have had mixed results. One of the key short comings in these efforts has been a lack of analysis and understanding of farmers’ end-to-end information flow requirements.

Mobile phone is the most common means of communication that is available to every farmer across the country. Most farmers have access to mobile phones (price range from Rs.2500-3500) and mobile network coverage is quite widespread in the country (up to 70% penetration). So the information delivery to the farmers through mobile phones is most likely to resolve the communication gap among farmers and agricultural advisories.

Information about weather, seeds, trusted pesticide and fertilizer suppliers, pesticide sprays, crop diseases and their solutions, comparative pricing of crops and inputs, balanced fertilizers and marketing techniques is the information most needed by the farmers.

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