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Thai Government to Optimise Smart ID to Connect with Farmers
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Thailand
Created: Jan 21, 2013

Thailand’s Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry (MOAC) and four other government agencies yesterday agreed to collaborate in setting up a “One ID Card for Smart Farmers” scheme, in which the registration will start in March.

A memorandum of understanding was signed on January 17, by the MOAC, the ICT Ministry, Interior and Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, and the Electronic Government Agency.

'One ID Card for Smart Farmers' scheme is under the MOAC’s ‘Smart Farmer/Smart Officer’ policy, that aimed to increase the quality of government services to farmers, said Komsan Jumroonpong, Director of the MOAC’s ICT Centre.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said quality of life for 12.6 million farmers and 7.2 households nationwide will be improved through this project as it would enhance the collaboration among the give government agencies for the integration of data.

Starting this year, a survey of farmers will be conducted to compile a database. With the precise farmer database, Helps during disaster, useful information and knowledge transfer will be made possible via Internet-protocol TV and ICT centres in the communities nationwide.

The completed database will be kept on the G-Cloud to reduce the overlapping work in technological development. The data will be shared via the Government Information Network (GIN). Both G-Cloud and GIN are provided by the EGA.

"I think the One ID Card for Smart Farmers project will drive and improve government services to farmers and reduce the gap between them and officials," Yingluck said. "It also will reduce complexity and corruption. Moreover, it enables the creation of zoning for agriculture for long-term sustainability." The next step, the government will be able to optimise the global information system to plan the zone for agriculture and monitor plantation productivity thoroughly.
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