Task Group 5 (TG5) – Asia RiCE (Agriculture and Food Security) Meeting which was a sectoral meeting under the 15th Asia-Oceania GEO (AOGEO) Symposium was held as an online meeting on 12 September 2022.
There were 19 participants from GEOGLAM, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Geo-Informatics and Space Tech Development Agency (GISTDA) Thailand, Asia Disaster Prediction Center (ADPC) Thailand, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) Philippines, University of Tokyo, Japan, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC), The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) Japan, and AFSIS Secretariat which the representatives were Dr.Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator staff had attended the meeting.
The TG5 meeting in AOGEO was organized annually with the objective to discuss the way forward to make full use of earth observation technologies (such as satellites) for agricultural production, particularly rice in the Asia-Pacific region, and a better outlook for regional food security and climate resilience.
During the meeting, Dr. Waraporn Saelee had the honor to present AFSIS project and the implementations in Rice Growing Outlook (RGO) activity which AFSIS has supported as an information hub to Asia-RiCE on GEOGLAM. Furthermore, Dr. Waraporn also shared the recommendation to keep continuous dialog with space community and related agencies for the use of satellite-derived agricultural information through human resource development activities.
The meeting ended successfully with great collaboration from all participants. The output in TG5 will be reflected to GEOGLAM for the G20 action plan and works in international and regional organizations.
Regarding the situation report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), from 22-26 September 2022, Tropical Strom NORU (local name: Karding) formed over the western Philippines Sea and intensified into a Super Typhoon (STY) Category after a period of explosive intensification moving westward. The center of the eye of STY NORU was estimated at 230 km East of Infanta, Quezon with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 230 km/h, and a central pressure of 925 Hecto Pascal (hPa).
On 21 September 2022, Mr. Kimura Keitaro, Director, and Mr. Hosaka Masahiro, Deputy Director of Statistics Planning Division, Statistics Department from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan visited AFSIS Secretariat office.
On 19-20 September 2022, AFSIS Secretariat with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan held the Regional Workshop on the Project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) at Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri, Bangkok, Thailand.
On 13 September 2022, Ms. Chenyang Zhang, a representative of the Odyssey Technical Company Limited from Hong Kong visited the AFSIS Secretariat office.