The Joint Research Meeting on 6 and 8 December 2023 and Site Visits on Rice Yield Estimation using Satellite Data on 7 December 2023 were conducted in Thailand with the cooperation of the Office of Agricultural Economics (OAE) of Thailand, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan, Remote Sensing Technology Center (RESTEC) of Japan, and the AFSIS Secretariat.
The Objectives of the meeting and site visits were to learn detailed survey methods and the actual rice cultivation situation on the site for the development of rice yield forecasting method using satellite Meteorological Information project
On 6th December, Mr. Hosaka Masahiro, Deputy Director of the Statistic Planning Division, Statistic Department from MAFF, Japan, shared the project introduction followed by the representative of RESTEC, Mr. Junpei Yamamoto, shared the status and future plan
for the future project. The last session was presented by the representative from OAE on the introduction of statistical survey methodology and Crop-cutting Methodology in Thailand.
On 7th December, the AFSIS Secretariat with the collaboration of the Regional Office of Agricultural Economics 7 (ROAE 7) conducted a field survey at Ban Don Talai, Moo 6, Bang Luang Subdistrict, Sapphaya District, Chainat Province to organize a demonstration on crop-cutting in wet season rice (irrigated paddy fields). Additionally, a visit to a rain-fed paddy field outside the irrigation area at the Development of Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) in Nong Ma Mong District, Chainat Province.
On 8th December, a wrap-up meeting was held to review and summarize key findings from the field visit. Additionally, a discussion session was conducted to enhance understanding of the methodology for rice crop cutting and sampling survey.
The site visits were successfully ended with a great collaboration among the officials of ROAE 7, representatives from RESTEC, farmers, and AFSIS Secretariat. The knowledge imparted from this event will be used as supportive information and development for a pilot study on the development of rice yield forecasting methods using a satellite Meteorological Information project.
On 20 – 21 February 2024, AFSIS Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) of Cambodia conducted the Workshop for promote rice planted area and production estimation using space-based technologies in Cambodia at Himawari Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
On 21 February 2024, AFSIS Secretariat attended the online Kick-off Meeting and Project Steering Committee which was conducted in collaboration of the Korea Agency of Education, Promotion and Information Service in Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (EPIS), the Center for Agricultural Data and Information System (CADIS) from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Indonesia and EGIS Korea company limited (EGIS) under the Establishing Real-Time ASEAN Food Security Information System(AFSIS) and Development of Human Resources 3rd Phase – Pilot Project on strategic crop forecasting system for food security in Indonesia.
On February 2, 2024, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines felt the impact of the Northeast Monsoon and the Trough of the Low-Pressure Area (LPA), as disclosed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The persistent trough of the Low-Pressure Area led to moderate to heavy rainfall, resulting in flooding and landslides across multiple areas in the region.
On 25 January 2024, AFSIS Secretariat held the 1st Special Directors General Meeting of ASEAN+3 for the AFSIS New Framework via Online Conference in Bangkok Thailand, with the cooperation from the representatives of ASEAN+3 to share their opinions and guidance on the proceeds for preparing for AFSIS New Framework