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Council More Informed After Forum

The Sugar Cane Growers Council is confident it will benefit from the Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing technology. This follows the council’s attendance at a forum which took place
08 May 2015 09:22
Council More Informed After Forum
Cane field at Vitogo Lautok ...Sugar Cane Growers Council CEO Sundresh Chetty: “Once it is completed in all the sectors in the cane belt, it will become very effective and efficient in terms of monitoring the progress of whole farm activities.” Photo: SHEETAL PRASAD

The Sugar Cane Growers Council is confident it will benefit from the Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing technology.

This follows the council’s attendance at a forum which took place at the First Landing Resort at Vuda earlier this week.

This forum clearly looked into the collaboration of government and stakeholders to boost the sugar industry.

Sugar Cane Growers Council chief executive, Sundresh Chetty, said the forum was very successful as he was able to learn more on the GIS for the organisation’s benefits.

It also gave him an opportunity to learn what and how other organisations operate and benefit from GIS.

Decision-making tool

“GIS is an essential decision-making tool for the whole sugar industry as it provides a platform to know the location of the farms and get accurate and absolute information for the whole farm,” he said.

“Some of the much information available would be farm locations, variety of crop, age of crop, statistics of planting activities, fertilizer application, harvesting & crushing progress.

“Additionally it will provide the background information of the growers profile and particulars.”

Mr Chetty said the council will benefit greatly when it comes to monitoring farm activities for progress.

“Once it is completed in all the sectors in the cane belt, it will become very effective and efficient in terms of monitoring the progress of whole farm activities,” he said.

Staff engagement

The council is currently using the Sugar Industry GIS Portal which is available to them.

Mr Chetty said: “Training has already started and we shall be engaging the current staff at the council.

“However, the Industry GIS Management team based at the Sugar Tribunal’s office is readily available for support and assistance.”

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