What is it?
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) AGIS provides public access to spatial and non-spatial agricultural information and related datasets.
- Crop locations, grazing capacity, soil type, rainfall, temperature
- Agriculture infrastructure including feedlots, markets, abattoirs
- Most data accessed via interactive map viewers
- Download spatial data files
Why is it Important?
AGIS is important for supporting more integrated decision-making by government officials developing policies and programmes to support the agriculture sector, but also for commercial and emerging farmers (and enablers like insurance companies and finance) trying to identify new opportunities and plan for growth.
How can it be accessed and used?
AGIS provides a number of platforms and interfaces for browsing specific data sources. Highlights include:
AGIS Comprehensive Atlas is a map-based view of a number of spatial data layers which can be enabled or disabled depending on area of interest. Major layers include agriculture infrastructure (e.g. abattoirs, power stations, feedlots, fresh produce markets), fires, administrative boundaries, climate, crops, landuse (e.g. grazing capacity, irrigated land, cultivated crop types), soil (e.g. erosion, natural fertility), terrain and geology, and vegetation.
Download or Request Data, mainly in PDF and SHP file formats. The data available for download (not in PDF format) is a sub-set of the data that can be viewed through the Atlas. An interesting recent addition is the Grazing Capacity 2016 dataset for South Africa measured in hectares per large stock unit (ha/LSU).
Grazing Capacity 2016
Rainfall - Mean annual
Resource contact name:Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Creation or start date:2018-12-14
Resource contact updated at:2018-12-18
Spatial coverage South Africa http://www.geonames.org/953987/south-africa.html