On 30 November 2021, AFSIS Secretariat had attended the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-27) which was co-organized by Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) with Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Prior to the plenary sessions which will be held on 2 and 3 December, there are the 5 working group sessions holding in parallel on 30 November and 1 December. The working group session including 1) Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) 2) Enhancement of Space Capability Working Group (SCWG) 3) Space Frontier Working Group (SFWG) 4) Kibo-ABC Workshop 5) Space Education for All Working Group (SE4AWG).
During Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG), Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, had delivered the presentation regarding AFSIS Rice Growing Outlook (RGO) activities and collaboration related to remote sensing technologies with RESTEC, JAXA, and ISRO. The Meeting acknowledged the agreement to have the hands-on training for rice mapping using (cloud-based) platform in collaboration with AFSIS and ISRO in the future. Also, Dr. Waraporn had stated to the Working Group of the importance and possibility to use the satellite data as it can be applied together with the survey data by the ASEAN Member States to create more accurate and precise data for the AFSIS Early Warning Information Report in the future.
The objectives of this SAWG session is to contribute to common regional issues in the Asia-Pacific Region using space technology, in particular, Earth Observation Satellites and to establish and strengthen the cooperative framework between space agencies and stakeholders, including end-users such as AFSIS and development aid agencies, in a sustainable way.
On 8 August 2022, Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary-General of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), Ministry of Agricultural and Cooperative (MOAC) of Thailand had attended the Bilateral Meeting in Tokyo, Japan with Mr. KANKE Hideto, Director General, Statistics Department (SD), Minister's Secretariat, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan to discuss the effective and smooth implementation of AFSIS in the future.
Regarding the situation report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the highland province of Abra on 27 July 2022, causing landslides and collapsing of structures. The earthquake’s epicenter was in the town of Tayum, Abra, with the plate tectonics, felt in various intensities across Northwestern Luzon and its surrounding areas including Metro Manila.
The Space Application on Environment (SAFE) with the collaboration of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) of India, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) of Thailand, and AFSIS Secretariat had conducted the Training Program on Satellite-Derived Agrometeorological Data for AFSIS’s Rice Growing Outlook (RGO) for Agriculture Management in the ASEAN on 11 July 2022 as a virtual program.
The Department of Planning and Statistics (DPS), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Cambodia, together with AFSIS Secretariat, had conducted the Training Workshop on Data Tabulate analyze results on 29-30 June 2022 and the Wrap-up meeting on 1 July 2022 as the parts of the project for Supporting Agricultural Survey on Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in ASEAN Region (SAS-PSA) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.