RIICE - Nov 2016. As a part of project's activities, RIICE's stakeholder workshop is recently organized in Can Tho city on 16 November 2016. The workshop, co-sponsored by NIAPP and CTU, taking place at Department of Land Resources, College of Environment and Natural Resources, Can Tho University, receives representatives from various organizations, including Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), National Institute of Agricultural Planning and Projection (NIAPP), Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development of Hau Giang, Can Tho, An Giang, Soc Trang and Long An provinces, provincial Department of Crop Production, Department of Plant Protection, Statistics Office of Can Tho, Bao Minh Insurance company in An Giang, and Dai Doan Ket newspaper.

Prof. Vo Quang Minh, CTU, addresses the objectives of the workshop

The workshop focuses on three main objectives:
  • Provide local participants with the main contents of RIICE project and its initial results after 1 year of operation in Viet Nam.
  • Obtain reactions from local participants on the rice production in the Mekong River Delta in terms of production (area, yield and productivity), natural disaster, climate change, insurance, etc.
  • Envision and prepare necessary activities for the RIICE’s extension and RIICE’s new stage during 2018 – 2019.
During the workshop, presentations on remote sensing applications for rice monitoring, crop management with statistical works and field surveys, farmers and the crop insurance issues and key requirements for crop monitoring, etc., have been discussed. 

Mr. Nguyen Phuoc Thanh, Department of Crop Production of An Giang
presents rice crop monitoring work in An Giang province
Following points have been discussed among the participants:
  • Remote sensing-based crop information system has become one of the important tools for crop monitoring, which is possible to provide timely data for various managing organizations;
  • Remote sensing techniques provide useful and timely information and should be broadly applied under MARD;
  • Assessment of disaster impacts on rice production using remote sensing tools need to be boosted up.
  • Capacity building activities are required for local users to successfully utilize;
  • It is important to feed RIICE's outputs into other common databases of the government.
Participants also discuss on how to increase accuracy and integration of remote sensing tools and outputs into routine works operated by local authorities. The Statistical Office of Can Tho, represented by Mr. Tran Van Dzung also stated the needs of incorporating remote sensing tools into day-to-day works of relevant government authorities such as provincial DARDs, agriculture extension services, plant protection, statistical offices, etc.

With financial supports from SDC, RIICE Vietnam has been successfully implemented since the beginning of 2016. In collaboration with NIAPP and CTU, RIICE has received technical supports from IRRI and Sarmap, as well as fruitful guidelines from MARD, GIZ and Allianz-III.

Mr. Nguyen Hong Ninh, representative from SDC, emphasizing the key points
of remote sensing applications to crop insurance