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ISRO to map tea gardens

Kolkata, India, 04 June 2007: The Tea Board of India is planning to tie up with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for mapping the tea gardens for better monitoring of the industry and its natural resources.

The mapping will generate garden-wise data on the actual extent of area under tea cultivation and also their location. It will also gather information on the extent of area available either for new plantation or for alternative cropping. The profile of the population around will also be mapped and village resource centres are planned to be set up accordingly. This will also help in mapping water resources in around the tea cultivated area.

The project would be jointly accomplished by officials of the Tea Board, Tea Research Association, and Regional Remote Sensing Centres. It is expected that the mapping effort will enable the Tea Board to asses its various development schemes.