is Agricultural Planning and Information
Bank (APIB) ?
What is APIB:
It is a joint project developed for the East
Khasi Hills District of Meghalaya by the
North Eastern Space Applications
Centre(NESAC) in collaboration with the
Department of Agriculture, Government of
Meghalaya. It is a single window access to
knowledge related to agriculture and allied
sectors useful for the farmers, extension
personnel and planners.
User Needs Assessment:
A team of Scientists/Engineers from NESAC
with the support of District Agriculture
Officer (DAO), Agriculture Extension Officer
(AEO) under the guidance of Project
Director, APIB conducted a primary survey
through a structured questionnaire (designed
in Khasi language) and got feedback from
farmers and extension personnel in the
district, and a comprehensive report on the
information needs expressed by them was
brought out. This report formed the basis
for the subsequent development of the APIB.
What it contains and provides:
It contains information modules on natural
resources, Package of Practices for 25
crops, Soil crop Suitability, Integrated
Plant Protection (12 crops), Varietal
Selection (16 crops),Post Harvest
Information (8 crops), Agro-meteorological
Services, Food Processing, Fertilizers, Farm
Machinery & Hand tools ,Allied sectors &
occupations, Soil conservation and
Forestry,Water resources, Micro Credit and
Self Help Groups.
Natural resources module provides block-wise
details of the Land resource Development
Plan (LRDP), current Land Use Practices,
Soil Type map , Ground Water Prospective map
and Watershed map. Extension
officials can also use this module.
Package of practices are provided in both
standard and comprehensive versions. This
module provides the correct version for each
of the major crops. The following crops were
chosen based on the user needs assessment
Food grain crops: Rice and maize.
Vegetable crops: Potato, cabbage, tomato,
Fruit crops: Oranges, pineapple, lemon,
Spices: Pepper, tezpatta, turmeric, ginger
Other crops: Broom grass.
Integrated plant protection provides vital
and practical information necessary for
pest/disease prevention, control and
mitigation. Integrated approach encompassing
cultural, mechanical, biological and
chemical methods have been considered.
Harvest/post harvest module provides
crop-wise information on traditional
stoarage devices, such as harvest tips, post
harvest handling and processing.
Allied sectors gives information on Animal
Husbandry, Fisheries, Sericulture and other
non farming activities essential for the
farmers of this region.
What are the sources of information :
Natural resources module was built using the
NRIS data base. Non-spatial modules were
based on information gathered from
institutions like Indian Council of
Agriculture Research (ICAR)- Research
Complex for NE Hill Region, Barapani,
Meghalaya; and Publications of Directorates
of Agriculture, Horticulture, Soil
Conservation, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries,
Sericulture etc, of Govt. of Meghalaya. The
Agro-met module was designed based on data
collected from Regional Meteorological
Centre, IMD, Guwahati. Compilation is done
by qualified scientists and is vetted by
Website File Format :
The text content is in HTML, ASP,JS,DOC
files. The image files are in JPEG, GIF
formats. The database is built with MS
Access and MS SQL. Total 286 files
and database size is 49.9 MB.
A Steering Committee chaired by the
Commissioner & Secretary (Agriculture, etc
Department) and five Working Groups
constituted by Government of Meghalaya have
been guided the development of APIB. Working
Groups have also facilitated
inter-departmental cooperation and supplied
the required information for the development
of APIB in the East Khasi Hills district.