National Assembly TV, 27 October 2017, Remote sensing technology helps the speed of rice monitoring and support crop insurance (in Vietnamese with English translation)

TRANSLATION (from 11:04 onwards)

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Swiss Embassy have jointly organized a workshop on remote sensing technology that helps the speed of rice monitoring and support crop insurance. The workshop has communicated the project results with regards to technology application in yield estimation and crop loss assessment. The new technology is expected to be a break-through in the agriculture sector in the future.

Participants discussed the fact that Vietnam is seriously impacted by the climate change, especially the agriculture sector. Under these circumstance, remote sensing technology is a must in agriculture planning and management.

“This is an advanced technology that provides great support to the agricultural commodity production, and it is the trend of the future. It helps agriculture managers to monitor the growth stages. We have applied the superiority of the remote sensing technology in crop production projection,” Nguyen Quang Dung, NIAPP Director said.

RIICE has implemented a pilot phase between 2012 and 4/2015 in Vietnam. A scale-up phase was implemented in 10 major rice producing in the Red River Delta and Mekong River Delta. It provides yield estimations and growth stage monitoring with an accuracy range of 90%. Remote sensing can also support the monitoring forest areas, soil and river bank erosion, disaster risk management.

 “We understand that the government agriculture insurance programme would start next year, and the programme can make use of RIICE data. But as said, this is a decision of the Vietnamese government. The Swiss government is willing to invest more to continue our support to the government of Vietnam in this project,” said Marcel Reymond, Head of Swiss Cooperation.

However, participants also recognize that the application of remote sensing technology in Vietnam is still facing many challenges such as highly skilled labor, modern equipment, licensed software, as well as the data sources. It is very important the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development makes decision to implement comprehensive investments in all areas spanning from infrastructure to human resource development.