Fiji: The Sugar Research Institute in Fiji will soon introduce GIS to all sugar cane farms for easy access of information. Sugar research technical officer Jasneel Singh said the GIS pilot projects at Drasa and Lovu sector had been completed with reports being sent to Belgium.
He said the new project which was funded by the Fiji and Belgium governments together with other sugar stakeholders would allow decision makers to obtain all the necessary information on all cane farms.
Singh said the introduction of the GIS was another forward step taken by the government in its effort to improve sugar production.
“The GIS is where Fiji Sugar Corporation numerators going out in the field taking with them a digital satellite map and making all the plot boundaries,” he said.
“Before we only have farm boundaries information and that farm boundaries contain land which is not used for farming. We often calculate the production level of our farm by taking the boundaries and that is why we are getting the not so accurate data. “With the GIS the numerators going out in the field with the digital satellite maps filling out the forms like the variety of the cane, the ratoon age and the area of the plots.
“All these information are then uploaded in the interface for decision makers to have easy information of any given farms.”
Singh said the identifying plot level was for the decision makers to be able to see all the farms at a click of a button.
“When you see a paper map, you won”t be able to visualise the information but for GIS you will visualise all information.”