Objectives of e-agriculture
The e-agriculture project is a public private partnership for community development. The objectives of the project are 1) agriculture development through ICT specially GIS & GPS and monitoring of agricultural resources from being depleted or eradicated 2) development of national and global crop marketing online to help the farmers sell their products 3) increasing crop yield and decreasing cost of crop production 4) exchange of Knowledge and best practices between farmers to establish strong partnership to improve agricultural practices 5) enhance capacity building and improve the quality of training of the agricultural sector. 6) Achieving the 8th millennium developments goals (8MDGs). 7) Investment in the ICT sector and make the Telecentres more sustainable.
Project implementation (steps)
1- GDCO and DSE donated 15 computers to gedaref mechanized agriculture corporation GMAC, 21 PCs to the farmers unions
- more than 100 agricultural engineers and staff of GMAC were trained the basic of the computers courses then 30 of them were trained many courses on GIS and GPS in GMAC Telecentre.
3- A database for GMAC farmers was developed and the information of more than 10.000 farmers was included in the system of GMAC.
4- Determining the geographical coordinates of the farms by old staff and newly trained engineers which lead to the natural resource electronic (digital) map of Gedaref state.
5- Designing a web portal for the crops prices www.gedaref.com/markets
6- Under designed agro-mobile service in partnership with Drishtee organization (India) is in process. http://18.104.22.168/mobile/sudanmobapp
The project achievements (values)
1- GDCO build a huge database for Gedaref mechanized agriculture corporation (GMAC) where more 10.000 farmers database was in the system of GMAC which ease and make quick transaction between the farmers and GMAC to get their document (renewing,, agriculture reports,,) where farmers used to renew their farms certificates annually (it is electronic before but it stopped in 2006 due to virus and programming for more than 9999 farmers) and when we started the project in 2007 the service is done manually in two to three days, but now they can renew in few minutes.
2- The electronic (digital) map which is the legitimate child for this partnership. This e-map contains all the information about the agricultural area, pastures, forest and rivers in Gedaref state with clear points and demarcation of the animal routes, farms edges forest boarders which help in solving many conflicts between the farmers and shepherds and keep the forest from being eradicated.
3- A lot of information about the quality and quantity of crops are available through the web portal of crop markets which provides farmers, traders or any one who need the service with prices of many crops, vegetables and animals in the web portal