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WebGIS to improve productivity

November 14, 2014 12:22 am

Fiji’s sugarcane industry has adopted new technology to increase productivity.

The Sugarcane Industry Web Geographic Information System (WebGIS) Portal is a technological breakthrough that promises better management of our Sugar Industry.

The Portal is a first of its kind, and will digitize and store information on farms and the performance of the entire sugar industry.

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European Union Head of Pacific Delegation Andrew Jacobs says the Portal will be directly linked to the Fiji Sugar Corporation.

“The Portal will allow users to view the geographical location of growers, it will allow them view the cane access roads that serve the growers and it will also provide live information on harvest and on the estimated tonnage of production.”

Sugar Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the new system marks a great leap forward as it’s used by successful sugar industries around the world.

“We can evaluate the performance of the public sectors and even each of the four sugar mills, and we can monitor the tonnage harvested and make estimates on the expected total industry tonnage more accurately and quickly.”

The system which cost eight hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars is supported by the European Union.

The aim is to introduce the portal to Vanua Levu next year and the rest of the the sugar producing sectors thereafter.

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