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India soon to release GIS-based data of rubber area

Kottayam, India: Data from a new sample survey for reassessing age of plantations and production and stock of natural rubber in India that was started in July 2011 will be available by October-end, said Sheela Thomas, Chairman, Rubber Board. She was delivering the presidential address at the 166th meeting of the Rubber Board held at Rubber Research Institute of India.

Thomas reported that the institute had established a GIS facility to map rubber-plantation distribution in traditional areas using remote-sensing and bring in all the information related to rubber plantations for analysis, visualisation and interpretation. The statistics on rubber area published by the board and estimated through the GIS facility varied by 3.7 per cent only.

Production and consumption of natural rubber for 2011-12 are projected at 9,02,000 tonnes and 9,77,000 tonnes, respectively. Import and export of natural rubber for 2011-12 are projected at 1,20,000 tonnes and 50,000 tonnes, respectively. Based on these projections, the carryover stock at the end of March 2012 is projected at 2,72,600 tonnes.

Source: Business Line