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Use of advanced technology is essential for the growth of rubber sector :Sheela Thomas
02 June 2014
The agriculture sector is now having increased bearing on technological initiatives and use of advanced technology is essential for the growth of the sector, said Mrs. Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board. She was inaugurating international workshops organized under the auspicious of the International Rubber Research and Development Board (IRRDB). The workshops on ‘International Rubber Health Clinic’ and ‘Multilateral Clone Exchange’ are being hosted by the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII).
The technology acceptance level in the agriculture sector has increased and utilization of Information Communications Technology (ICT) tools will be effective in modern agriculture extension management and human resource development, said Chairman. The web based Rubber Clinic developed by RRII is an initiative in this direction, she added.
Coordination of research activities among the rubber producing countries is essential for the overall development of the rubber sector, said Dr. Abdul Aziz bin S.A. Kadir, Secretary General, IRRDB in his introductory speech.
Dr. James Jacob (Director, RRII) welcomed the gathering and Mr. Sabu P Idikkula (Jt. Director, RRII) proposed a vote of thanks.
The workshop on ‘International Rubber Health Clinic’ is scheduled from 2 to 4 June 2014. RRII has developed an online rubber clinic for quick and effective disease diagnosis and advisory services. The web-based clinic has attracted many researchers and planters worldwide. IRRDB proposes to study and evaluate the feasibility and modalities for developing an International Rubber Health Clinic for addressing pests and disease problems of natural rubber in the member countries. Invited lectures on the latest developments in ICT based technologies for agriculture are also included in the workshop.
The matters related to the exchange of promising planting materials will be discussed in the second workshop scheduled from 5 to 7 June 2014. RRII has developed some of the most productive clones in the world. More than 200 promising clones in the pipeline are also at various stages of evaluation. Performance of clones under different agro-climatic conditions in the member countries, unique features and traits of different clones that are proposed to be exchanged, utilization of wild germplasm of Hevea etc. will be discussed in the workshop. Representatives from rubber producing countries working in the field of rubber research, development, extension, policy making etc are participating in the workshop.

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