kashif@uaar.edu.pk +92 300 5154327
kashif@uaar.edu.pk +92 300 5154327

About Project

Agriculture is a vital sector for any country. With a fast rising population and foreseable severe scarcity of water, Pakistan needs to move fast towards employing emerging and new technological innovations in farming. Conventional methods are still applied predominantly in farming, which have to be replaced with state-of-the-art agricultural advancements now available due to automation and smart technologies. The “Pilot Project for Data-Driven Smart Decision Platform (DDSDP) for Increased Agriculture Productivity” is framed to introduce smart technologies at selected farms. This project plans to implement smart technologies in two private and/ or state farms in different agro-ecological zones, one near Chakwal (Potohar, Northern Punjab) and other in Multan (Southern Punjab). In the pilot project, technologies such as Internet of Things (IoTs), sensor-based implements and devices, data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and cloud computing will be employed for various kinds of work. The scope of the project includes use of smart technologies at farm level for pest and disease control, monitoring of soil and ambient conditions, plant health monitoring, ground water conditions, precision irrigation, spraying and fertilizers to facilitate the farmers as well as researchers in the university. As voluminous data would be captured as a result of these smart technologies, a big data cloud computing facility will be established at Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR). Besides, installation of sensor-based network, satellite-based remote sensing data and images from satellite and drones would also be used with the collaboration of SUPARCO. Furthermore, soil microbial services will also be introduced for analyzing the soil structure and improving the plants’ quality using biotechnology techniques and bioproducts. A component of capacity building and training in this project will enable farmers, researchers and other stakeholders to develop skills and knowledge in the use of smart agriculture and technologies. Furthermore, it will also provide opportunity for carrying out R&D for transforming indigenous agricutural implements and tools into smart-enabled tools. A dashboard will also be developed for the Ministry of National Food Security to provide real time agriculture information and policy briefs. The private sector will partner with the university in implementing this pilot project by bringing their expertise and business acumen to make it a sustainable commercial endeavour in the long-run and also scale it up in future phases to other parts of the country. These partnerships will thus also establish strong linkages between research and commercialization. The duration of the pilot project is three years with an estimated cost of PKR 979.664 million. The outcome of this project would be digitally-ready smart agriculture farms, a big data resource centre facility and a data-driven smart decision making system providing timely insights to the farmers, researchers, federal ministry of food security and policy makers in due course. This all would provide benefits in the form of increased yield, optimal utlization of resources and timely interventions at levels of operations and policy making. Thus, providing a tested foundation to moving on a bigger scale towards smart agriculture in the country.

Project Team

Project Team consists of the following members:

Prof.Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman

Vice Chancellor

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Dr. Naveed Tahir

Project Director

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Dr. Shoaib Saleem

Project Coordinator

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Dr. M. Azam Khan

PI-Plant/Horticulture

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Mr. Muhammad Amin

PI-Precision Agriculture

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Dr. Naveed Anjum

Co-PI Precision Agriculture

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Dr. Muhammad Usman

Co-PI Precision Agriculture

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Dr. Irfan Ali

Co-PI Plant/Horticulture

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Dr. Shahid Mahmood

Co-PI Plant/Horticulture

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Ms. Noureen Zafar

Co-PI Digital Agriculture

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Mr. Nadeem Malik

Co-PI Digital Agriculture

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Dr. Qaisar Hussain

Co-PI Crop System Modelling

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Mr. Abdul Wahid

Co-PI Crop System Modelling

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Mr. Majid Tahir

Database Administrator, NITSC

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Contact

Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Shamasabad, Murree Road, Rawalpindi

Location:

Shamsabad Metro Station, Muree Road, Rawalpindi

Call:

+92 300 5154327

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