Viet Nam to boost use of satellite technology for agriculture

Vegitation Map of Mekong Delta
Vegetation Map of the Mekong Delta in Vietnam taken by ESA's Proba-V satellite
Image: ESA

Viet Nam’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Le Quoc Doanh, announced last week plans for Viet Nam to use remote sensing technology in order to boost crop production in the Red River and Mekong River Deltas and to expand the project to include the monitoring of water and forest resources.  

"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," Doanh said.

Over the past two years, Viet Nam’s Agricultural Ministry has worked in co-operation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-Operation in applying remotely sensed satellite imagery provided by European satellites to analyze the production of rice in the provinces of Nam Dinh and Soc Trang leading to a productivity forecast with an accuracy of over 90 percent.

The data from the satellite images has been used by the agriculture ministry to develop land-use maps in 11 provinces along the Red River delta to improve both agriculture and forest management efforts across the country and has lead to the development of forest fire warning system.