An online platform to strengthen the agricultural sector in Bahrain was launched yesterday. environmental development goals.
The comprehensive online platform provides a one-stop-shop for credible resources, academic research, scientific data, statistics, satellite images, training programs as well as contact details for Bahraini farmers, among others. “There are six main data sections on the platform. – agricultural trade, agricultural data, GIS (geographic information system) applications, agricultural resources, agricultural government policies and NIAD,” NIAD Secretary General Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa said during the launch of the platform at Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay.
In attendance were officials from more than 20 government agencies who collaborated on the platform. Shaikha Maram. “It is connected to various government agencies and ministries that are essential in the field and it serves three key categories: government, investors and the general public.
“Our goal is the sustainable growth and maintenance of agriculture, so we will continue to regularly update the information available and we must redouble our efforts to collect the information that was missing in previous years.” Shaikha Maram urged all Bahraini farmers to submit their contact data for inclusion in the database free of charge to encourage their participation, support their production and market their products.
“The biggest issue we’re trying to address through this initiative is data availability, because for an industry to work effectively, data needs to be available to everyone involved,” she said. “There is a huge lack of data where agriculture is concerned and it was necessary to put all the data available today in one platform and continue to collect more data such as production, type of product, soil and climate.” We cannot use historical data and we must continue to update this information.
“Shaikha Maram confirmed that a dedicated team from NIAD is continuously researching and updating data on the platform. Meanwhile, the Director General of the Information and eGovernment Authority (iGA) , Mohammed Al Qaed, told the GDN that sustainable growth in the agricultural sector is essential for food security in Bahrain. “We are seeing changes on a global scale, such as climate change and wars in some countries. , which have an impact on food supply and agricultural spaces,” he said on the sidelines of the event. “Being self-sufficient, especially in this area, is essential. and ensure that all our production – or part of it – is local.
“This platform is a comprehensive and technologically advanced one-stop-shop to provide all the necessary information to all parties involved. “There are studies that iGA has conducted and satellite maps that we have provided in addition to our continuous development of the technological aspect of the platform. During the ceremony, a short film on the platform was screened and the institutions that helped to support it were honored.
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