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 representatives from AFSIS Secretariat included Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, Statistician, Ms. Worada Wongsud, Secretary to the Japanese Expert, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator.
There were 26 trainees from 8 ASEAN member countries attending the training, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
At the opening session, Dr. Waraporn Saelee delivered the welcome remarks and expressed her sincere gratitude and appreciation to all aforenamed agencies for their contribution to the training.
The objectives of this training program were to provide detailed training on the use of agromet data utilization with the SAFE Agromet project and to improve the capabilities in the interpretation of satellite-based agromet information to RGO activities.
During the training, there were remarkable lectures from Dr. Shashikant A Sharma, Er. Ujjwal Kumar Gupta and Dr. Rahul Nigam from ISRO regarding the demonstration of Indian Satellite derived agrometeorological information through the Meteorological & Oceanographic Satellite Data Archival Centre (MOSDAC), Python program, the Quantum Geographic Information System (QGIS), and Visualization of Earth Observation Data and Archival System (VEDAS). The trainees have learned step-by-step how to download data, data process, and generate the outputs using these programs.
The training was successfully conducted as the trainees were effectively imparted with the knowledge of agromet data utilization which can be applied to the RGO report and the agricultural statistics in their countries in the future.
On 19-20 September 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat attended the Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) which was a working group session of APRSAF-29 that was jointly organized by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) of Indonesia, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The APRSAF-29 was held in Jakarta, Indonesia this year.
According to the ASEAN Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS), the southwest monsoon brings heavy rainfall over Lao PDR causing flooding and landslide incidents since 4 August 2023. Regarding the water level across Lao PDR, a warning has been issued since 1 August regarding water levels across Lao PDR.
On 31 August 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat with the collaboration of the Regional Office of Agricultural Economics 7 at Nongmuang District in Lopburi province and Nakhon Sawan Field Crops Research Center attended the maize field trip in Nakhon Sawan provinces, Thailand.
On 29-30 August 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan held the Regional Workshop on the Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Function for Emergency (SAFER) at Novotel Sukhumvit 20 hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.