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Commerce & Industry Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS), developed by IIITM-K for Rubber Research Institute of India, on 23rd January, 2017 in New Delhi. Smt Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary and other senior officials of the Ministry and Rubber Board were present at the occasion.

Rubsis is an interactive and intuitive Web based Geographical Information System, developed by IIITMK, for facilitating the rubber growers to take informed decision about need-based and site-specific fertilizer application through the online system. Presently, growers do not have the detailed knowledge of the nature of soil, leading to unscientific application of fertilizers. This leads to soil degradation and environment pollution and lower productivity. Rubsis is a Cost effective, efficient and easy to adopt e-governance tool for fertilizer advisory services providing information on correct dosage of fertilizers depending on the nutrient content of the soil, resulting in balanced nutrition, saving cost and avoiding soil, water and air pollution. It ultimately aims to scientific soil nutrient management, ensuring sustainability of soil health and optimum growth and yield of rubber. The application allows the user to geographically drill down on the basis of administrative divisions (State->Distrct->Taluk->Panchayath) using a selection box, or simply by zooming to a locality by (right) mouse click. Once a Panchayat is selected, the user can click (left button of the mouse) anywhere within the panchayat to know the soil property\nutrient status. A computation based on the available soil nutrient status generates fertilizer recommendation specific to the (Geo)location. The spatial variation of individual nutrient can also be thematically visualized. Farmer can also key-in the Geographic Coordinates of any location and inquire the nutrient status.

The application is developed with a responsive Design (Tested with Smartphone and Tablets). Currently the data coverage is available for only Kottayam District, but it will soon be extended to all the rubber growing regions of the country. It is also envisaged to develop a mobile application for spatial data accessing and updating as a future phase of the project.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:41