gvSIG Projects: Graphical management of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) applications with gvSIG Online

The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the agricultural policy of the European Union. It implements a system of agricultural subsidies and other programs. The number of grants processed in the Valencian Community is about 62,000 and it is equivalent to more than 140 million euros.

Regulation (EC) No 1593/2000 of July 17, 2000 obliges the creation of a Digital Graphic System for Agricultural Plots Identification. This is the origin of the SIGPAC, Agricultural Plots Geographic Information System, which allows geographically identify the parcels declared by farmers in any aid scheme related to the area.

AGRORED is the computer application used in the Generalitat Valenciana (Valencian regional government) to manage requests for these CAP grants. All alphanumeric information was recorded in AGRORED. A very basic graphical application, called CROQUISWEB, was available and presented several problems, such as not working with topological rules (the plots could overlap, the polygons could not be closed, etc.) and it was complicated for inexperienced users.

There is a change of scenario due to the publication of Royal Decree 1075/2014, which indicates that the graphic declaration becomes mandatory in 2018 for all aid applicants. CROQUISWEB did not have the necessary features to work with graphic data, so a new solution based on the gvSIG Online open source software, called LIBRA, was developed. LIBRA was integrated with AGRORED, it is easy to use, powerful (thousands of users connect simultaneously) and it has all the necessary GIS functionalities, including topological validations.

Currently, all applications related to agriculture in the Generalitat Valenciana are being migrated and developed on the same gvSIG Online platform.

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