Vietnam to Use Remote Sensing in Agriculture

Vietnam to Use Remote Sensing in Agriculture

vietnamIn recent news, Vietnam is gearing up to use Remote Sensing to boost its agricultural production.

In a conference last week Le Quoc Doanh, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said:

“As one of the countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, natural disaster forecasting and management play an important role in mitigating losses”.

Over the last two years, the agriculture ministry used data and images provided by European satellites to improve agriculture and forest management. Satellite images were used to develop a land-use map in 11 provinces in the Hong (Red) River Delta; maps also shed light onto the situation of forests across the country and led to the development of a forest fire warning system. Vietnam’s satellites will begin providing data for commercial and economic purposes in 2017.

Vietnam’s agriculture ministry and Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation applied remote sensing technology to rice production in northern Nam Dinh Province and southern Soc Trang Province. Using satellite images to analyse rice production areas, researchers were able to forecast productivity with over 90 per cent accuracy.

The project will be expanded to other areas including water and forest resources and major crops like coffee and rubber in the Red River Delta and Mekong River Delta.

Source:  Saigon

Categories: Remote Sensing

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