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Rubber Board to use satellite technology for data collection:
Kottayam, 12 August 2014

Modern technological tools like satellite mapping can effectively be used in collection of field level statistics without actually visiting the location; the Rubber Board would use such tools so as to make the process easier, not only for the data collecting officials but also for growers, said Ms. Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board. She was launching the Certification of Rubber Plantations at St. Joseph’s Church Parish Hall, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally. She informed that the certification programme was introduced in response to the demands from growers. It would also be useful to the Board for getting statistical data which are more realistic.

Dr. Thomas J, Rubber Production Commissioner said that the certification is voluntary. The certification is initially given for a period of twenty years which could then be renewed.

Dr. James Jacob, Director, Rubber Research Institute of India spoke about the satellite mapping of rubber plantations recently being undertaken by the Institute. He pointed out that by mapping using global positioning coordinates, the real time location of the plantations could be traced out any time in future. These data could be used for creating satellite mapping of plantations in any selected geographical area.

Mr. K.C. Jose, Dy. Rubber Production Commissioner, Regional Office, Kanjirappally gave an account of the new tribal rubber plantation project being implemented by the Rubber Board by linking Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) and the scheme of Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP), Govt. of Kerala.

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