Complete database for agri segment launched
TDT | Manama
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The first comprehensive platform for the agricultural sector by establishing a national database was launched at an event held at Manama Hall of Four Seasons Hotel yesterday. Initiated by the National Initiative for the Development of the Agricultural Sector (NIAD), AgroBH (www.agro.bh) is the result of joint efforts by the Information and e-Government Authority, the National Space Science Authority and a number of official institutions.
It aims to achieve the Kingdom’s economic, social and environmental development goals. The initiative aims to collect relevant data and document the agricultural indicators, and environmental variables in the Kingdom to meet its food security, environmental and developmental goals. It will support, encourage agricultural activities and programmes of NIAD in collaboration with the public and private sectors. The initiative will also propose the latest agricultural techniques as well as encourage and support scientific research studies in the agriculture field.
AgroBH is an electronic database for collecting and unifying agricultural information to serve the development of the agricultural sector in the Kingdom with the aim of stimulating investment in this sector, stimulating scientific research in the agricultural field, and documenting agricultural activities and programmes that are held in the country. During the inauguration ceremony, Shaikha Maram bint Isa Al Khalifa, NIAD Secretary-General, said the AgroBH platform comes in implementation of the supreme directives of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on the need to establish an effective agricultural sector.
“It aligns with the objectives of the reform project and the Economic Vision 2030 and seeks to find solutions that contribute to achieving food security, and a translation of the government’s vision headed by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister with regard to securing an environment that supports sustainable development and stimulates economic growth based on knowledge.” Shaikha Maram also thanked Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty and President of the Supreme Council for Women, through her presidency of the Advisory Council of the National Initiative for the Development of the Agricultural Sector and her unwavering follow-up to its efforts.
Shaikha Maram indicated that the platform is very much in line to keep pace with the various changes and challenges that are now facing the agricultural sector and the initiative is part of comprehensive efforts to develop the agricultural sector. She explained that the platform directly serves the agricultural sector and is linked to many other national projects by providing updated and accurate data. “It assists in the development process of the sector, supports the agricultural activities and programmes of the initiative and documents them in a public platform in cooperation with the public and private sectors.”
Shaikha Maram said: “Through this platform, we have tried to work hard to be a central station for all comprehensive and diverse agricultural data and information and a reference for all those interested in the agricultural sector, or those wishing to invest in this vital sector, which makes it easier for them to take a comprehensive vision of the sector and know the expected challenges. and market needs, which encourages investment and innovation in this sector.”
The platform targets investors by providing a number of agricultural publications and research, in addition to information on climate, soil and water, along with investment procedures in the Kingdom. It also caters to government agencies by providing a reliable and updated source of data related to the sector such as exporting companies, farms and farmers, in addition to individuals. It will also serve those who want to choose agriculture as a profession as well as those interested in gardening as well as other environmental affairs.