Rubber Board launches Rubber Soil Information System for rubber growers

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New Delhi: Union Commerce & Industry Minister, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has launched Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS), an online system for recommending application of appropriate mix of fertilizers to the specific plantations of rubber growers depending upon their soil nature in New Delhi.

RubSIS, has been developed by Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) under the Kottayam based Rubber Board in collaboration with three agencies viz Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala (IIITMK); National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, ICAR; and National Remote Sensing Center, ISRO.

The Rubber Soil Information System brings soil data to the fingerprints of rubber growers and recommends the optimum mix and quantities of chemical fertilizers that his holding requires. It is a cost effective tool for sustainable &scientific management of rubber growing soils. Apart from preventing indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and soil degradation, adoption of RubSIS will lead to reduction in the cost of production of rubber, increase in productivity and reduction in environmental pollution.

The scientific and user friendly online fertiliser recommendation system was launched for Kottayam, the largest rubber growing district of India which will be extended to the entire traditional rubber growing region i.e. the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu this year. Rubber growers can access the site rubsis.rubberboard.org.in. Rubber Board invites suggestions / comments on this package so as to make it user friendly and fruitful to the growers. Board is in the process of developing this in the local languages which will be launched shortly.

Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary and other senior officials of the Ministry and Rubber Board were present at the occasion.

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