On 14 November 2022, the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) Initiative 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, Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC), and AFSIS Secretariat organized the online Training Program on Satellite-Derived Rice Planted Area Data for AFSIS’s Rice Growing Outlook (RGO) for Agriculture Management in the ASEAN which is the second training following the previous program in July 2022.
The representatives from AFSIS Secretariat attending the training were Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, Dr. Sumanya Ngandee, Deputy AFSIS Manage, Mr. Tanabodee Kheosipalard, Statistician, and Ms. Prodpran Lomthong, Project Coordinator.
There were 23 trainees from 9 ASEAN member countries namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
During the opening session, Dr. Waraporn Saelee delivered her opening remarks to welcome all participants, and expressed her appreciation to above-stated organizations for their contribution and cooperation to the training.
The training aimed to provide the trainees of the utilization of satellite derived agromet data which the content of the training was on the use of JAXA Rice Mapping Tool “INAHOR” on the Google Earth Engine (GEE). There were remarkable presentations from Mr. Shoji KIMURA, a RGO instructor, about the Improvement of Agricultural Statistics using INAHOR, and from Dr. Hashemvand Khiabani Pegah of RESTEC regarding the lecture on INAHOR program. The trainees learned step-by-step on how to prepare the required information and program, create the training data and estimate the rice crop area by GEE.
The training was successfully conducted as the trainees were effectively imparted with the knowledge of agromet data utilization which can be used as reference information for generating AFSIS’s RGO report and developing the agricultural information system in their countries.
According to the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet) on 12 December 2022, heavy rainfall has caused floods across the southern Malay Peninsula (Malaysia) and northern Sumatra (Indonesia). In Malaysia, 2,550 people have been displaced to 29 evacuation centers across the states of Johor, Kelantan, Pahang, Perak, and Terengganu
The Web meeting on the Development of Training Data for INAHOR Prototyping Project Activity, an activity under the “Promote Rice Planted Area Estimation Using Space-Based Technologies” under Asia Pacific Regional Space Forum (APRSAF) Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) initiative, was held on 15 December 2022 as a virtual meeting with 3 target countries, namely Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam.
On 2 December 2022, AFSIS Secretariat led by Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, and Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro, AFSIS Japanese Expert, had opportunities to respectively visit Mr. Chantanon Wannakejohn, Secretary General, Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE), the host of AFSIS Secretariat office. In addition, Mr. MIYAKE Yasuhiro also had an opportunity to visit Mr. Vinit Atisook, Deputy Secretary General of OAE and Mr. Choomjet Karnjanakesorn, General Manager of APTERR Secretariat as well.
On 21 November 2022 in Java province, Indonesia, an earthquake of 5.6 magnitudes at a shallow depth of 10 km hit the Cianjur region, triggering landslides and causing buildings to collapse, including schools where classes were underway. The epicenter of the earthquake was on land 10 km southwest of Cianjur Regency (West Java Province). Warnings for heavy rainfall with lighting and strong winds have been issued for 23-25 November over North Sumatra and South Kalimantan Province while light rain is expected across Cianjur Regency (West Java Province).