Rubber Board launches mobile app for fertilizer recommendation

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Kottayam: The Rubber Board under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, GoI has launched a mobile app for the online manurial recommendation. The app developed by the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) is the first of its kind in rubber anywhere in the world and the first in any crop in India.

The app will tell the farmer the present nutrient status as well as the quantity of fertiliser to be applied in his holding irrespective of his location, through a satellite-based system. Christened Rubber Soil Information System or RubSIS, this powerful, ICT tool for agricultural extension was launched earlier this year. Now, the Android App of this system has been launched.

RubSIS, developed by the Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) in collaboration with Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Kerala; National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning; ICAR and National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO, brings soil data to the fingertips of rubber growers and recommends the optimum mix and quantities of chemical fertilizers that their holdings require.

RRII has successfully applied satellite-based remote sensing, Geographical Information System (GIS) and fertility mapping of rubber growing soils to develop an online web-based fertiliser recommendation for rubber growers of the country. RubSIS combines principles of geospatial technology with soil science, agronomy and ICT for the benefit of rubber growers.

Mobile App for Rubber Growers

The Board has also developed another mobile app as part of its e-governance initiatives. The Android version of this app developed by National Informatics Centre, Kerala will soon be available on Google Play. This app will serve as the digital link between the Board and the farmers.

The ‘Alerts’ feature provides the latest developments such as announcements of programmes, schemes, campaigns, labour welfare measures, trainings, disease identification and prevention and so on. The ‘Market Price’ feature can be used to get the rubber prices in Indian as well as international markets. The third feature is the ‘Cultural Advisories’ for providing monthly agricultural operation for different areas in the country. Details such as the location of the nearest offices and facilities like labs can be accessed using the ‘Contact Details’ link.

Photo shows Rubber Board Chairman, A Ajith Kumar announcing the app launch in Kottayam today.

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