Agricultural statisticians from ASEAN countries recently gathered in Hanoi, Vietnam for a training program on “Satellite-Derived Rice Planted Area Data for AFSIS’s Rice Growing Outlook (RGO)”. The program was a collaboration between SAFE, JAXA, VNSC, and AFSIS and was held on 14 November 2022. The event was a hybrid, with both online and in-person participation at the APRSAF-28 conference.
The training program showcased the use of INAHOR technology, which uses PALSAR-2 data for rice planted area estimation with machine learning on the Google Earth Engine (GEE). The program focused on training agricultural statisticians from the Ministry of Agriculture in ASEAN countries. A total of 23 trainees from nine ASEAN member states attended the training.
The main objective of the training was to help participants learn how to use JAXA’s Rice Mapping Tool “INAHOR” on the Google Earth Engine. The training also emphasised the importance of utilising satellite-derived information to improve the agricultural information system in each member state. The program aimed to improve the trainees’ skills in generating AFSIS’s RGO report and to provide them with reference information on using INAHOR to solve common problems in agriculture.
The training program was a success, and the participants gained valuable insights and knowledge on the use of satellite-derived data in agriculture management. The program is part of a larger effort to improve agriculture management in ASEAN countries and to support the growth and development of the agricultural sector in the region. The collaboration between SAFE, JAXA, VNSC, and AFSIS has been a significant step towards achieving this goal, and the success of the training program demonstrates the effectiveness of this partnership.
More information is available at: https://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/project/ricemonitoring/#cb