O.N.N. Fernando and G.N. Wikramanayake
Some countries use agricultural information systems to assist different users such as planters, researchers, prospective investors, importers and exporters. Sri Lanka despite having an agricultural based economy does not have an information system of this nature. This paper describes the design and development of a web based agricultural information system for the main crops of Sri Lanka. The main feature of this information system is the availability of agricultural information on Sri Lanka to various users through the Internet. The information that can be made available through such an information system includes the crops and intercrops, their production and export details, crop and inter-crop diseases, land availability, soil suitability, fertiliser, research institutes and researches. Most of this information is in the form of statistical data and facts about these crops and products made out of them. These information will be made available to this information system through respective institutes in Sri Lanka, namely: Rubber Research Institute, Agalawatta; Tea Research Institute, Thalawakale; Coconut Research Institute, Lunuwila; and Rice Research Institute, Gannoruwa. Currently, this system is a prototype at the University of Colombo, which will eventually be maintained by authorised users of these institutes. The front-end of this system use Java applets for its graphical user interfaces, while the back-end uses an Oracle database to manage its data. The front-end and backend of this system is connected using an Oracle thin driver. The data retrieval and update of this system is done using embedded SQL queries.
In Conference, Exhibition and Business Directory of 1st International Information Technology Conference, Infotel Lanka Society Colombo, Sri Lanka, Oct 7-8, 1998, pp. 36.