Publication: The Times Of India Mumbai; Date: May 30, 2012; Section: Spl Report; Page: 15
Kochi: For most residents in Peyad in Thiruvananthapuram, S Chandrasekharan Nair is just another farmer who cultivates rubber alongside a variety of cash crops at his six-acre plot. Nair, however, has his own Farmville on the internet. Blogging under the tag ‘Kerala Farmer’ (http://keralafarmer.wordpress.com/ ; http://keralafarmeronline.com/lang/en/) since 2000, Nair is an amazingly rich source of information to farmers across Kerala on methods and techniques of rubber cultivation.
Nair’s blog talks about all that one should know about rubber cultivation. It deals with soil quality, marketing of the product, daily updates on price, and statistics on production and consumption. But the point that Kerala Farmer focuses on is green farming. Nair also urges the farming community to stay away from unscientific use of fertilizers.
“I started blogging because I wanted to share what I know about farming with others. I posted about farming techniques which I am familiar with and those that I learned while growing up. The fact that I was not an agricultural scientist but someone who actually reaped success at the fields must have convinced and pulled in surfers into my blog. Discussions are often lively and, to be honest, I also pick up new techniques from fellow farmers,” he said.
The 63-year-old farmer wakes up at 5am and spends a minimum of five hours online. He admits his English was poor during the initial stage of blogging. But, then, as in the field, he worked hard. Now he blogs in three languages —Malayalam, Hindi and English.
Nair tweaked the successful Thumburmuzhi model of waste management in Kerala to make it more cost effective. In the original model, cow dung is used as a source for microbes. But Nair used the slurry from his biogas plant and succeeded in turning waste into manure within 12-13 weeks. At his farm where coconut, tapioca and other vegetable crops are cultivated along with rubber, he makes sure he uses only ‘green’ manure.
IT professional across the state helped him learn the blogging techniques. He makes use of social networking websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn to spread his rubber gospel.
Total area of cultivation in Kerala (2010-11) — 5,34,228 hectares Total production in Kerala (2010-11) — 7,70,580 tonnes In Kerala, rubber is generally grown in midlands and highlands. A majority of the cultivation is concentrated in Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Idukki districts. Kerala provides 90 per cent of India’s requirement Production all over India (2010-2011) — 8,61,950 tonnes Consumption all over India (2010-2011) — 9,47,715 tonnes Sheela Thomas, chairman, Rubber Board, says natural rubber production has gone up by 4.3 per cent during the financial year 2011-12
WHAT IS TMACT?
Thumburmuzhy Model Aerobic Composting Technique (TMACT) is a cost-effective and eco-friendly waste management system ideal to deal with garbage in Kerala, where biodegradable waste contains high moisture content. So, the best option is composting or turning it into biogas. TMACT can be set up for a large communities for just Rs 8,500, says its pioneer Francis Xavier, faculty, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. Xavier claims TMACT does not release methane or results in odour.
The plant with a cement floor and wall with gaps in between should have a roof to prevent the waste from getting wet. After laying wet cow dung up to 6 inches on the cement floor, a layer of biodegradable waste, including livestock waste, can be laid which again should be topped with cow dung. The layering process should continue till the plant gets completely filled. The energy produced due to bacterial
o growth creates a 75 C environment inside the plant that prevent flies from laying eggs. Since the moisture content is only 60%, the composting process will not create any odour.
RUBBER SOLUTION: In his blog, S Chandrasekharan Nair talks about all that one should know about rubber cultivation
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http://t.co/9Y5MJIch An evidence of irregularities in Rubber Production with a missing of 56953 Tonnes Up to November 2011
Picture Courtesy: Mathrubhumi
The Rubber Board has forecast that the production in 2011-12 is likely to increase by 4.6 per cent to 9,02,000 tonnes, and consumption by 2.9 per cent to 9,77,000 tonnes. Meanwhile, imports are slated to fall this year even as exports are expected to grow. The year is likely to end with a stock of 2,71,000 tonnes, marginally higher than last year’s level.
Please verify the above details with the following to ensure the irregularities.
Ref: http://rubberboard.org.in/reports/exportimportvalue.pdf (Latest by the Rubber Board)
Latest Monthly Rubber Statistical News: http://www.rubberboard.org.in/RSN/RSN_Jan_2012.pdf Published in January 2012.
Compiled by Statistics & Planning Department, Rubber Board
Printed and Published By M. G. Sathees Chandran Nair, Dy. Director (P&PR), Rubber Board, Kottayam-686 002
Phone: 2301231; Fax: 2571380, E-mail: email@example.com
Rubber Board published a higher production for the year 2011-12 with highest stock with Growers. Balance stock of previous year also higher to highlight the highest productivity among the World. By a compiled statistics analysis it is evident that a Missing figure added as +Ve which means stock balance published as a reduced figure. The missing is visible on both Natural and synthetic rubber. Low priced export can be lime lighted with the help of RTI Act 2005.The media speculation on this issue is a challenge against common man.
Details of 2010-11 http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=t4fF98_uMo-BcuFtwvZ6hMg&output=html
Production 2010-11 :: 8619560 Tonnes.
Listen the truth ::
Sale of Natural Rubber by Growers Up to November 2010-11 – 527460 Tonnes 2011-12 – 572385 Tonnes
Purchase by manufacturers Up to November 2010-11 – 553448 Tonnes (excess purchase from the stock with dealers/processors) 2011-12 – 498292 Tonnes
Opening Stock of October 279550 + Production 89300 + Import 7772 = Availability 376622 Tonnes
Balance Stock of October 243000 + Consumption 76495 + Export 2981 = 322476 Tonnes
How to Tally? By adding the missing of 54146 Tonnes
Any body can help me to translate the article to English.
The link related with Natural Rubber will be available (at Page number 64 in printed Edition with a headline “Elastic Future” is available now) after 5th September 2011 which covers my picture and the analysis on rubber Statistics. Thanks to Sudipto Dey for contacting me on a search result “Rubber Production” and for collecting details from me via phone/Emails.
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