Indonesian Agriculture Imagery Program. The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture has been using satellite imagery to be able to map rice fields, plantations, horticulture, as well as mapping irrigation network infrastructure, and farm roads so that they can get accurate data.
The Ministry of Indonesia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN) to be able to use a number of Lapan data to improve food data in the form of satellite imagery since a few years ago.
The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Hari Priyono conveyed some satellite imagery that is used by the Ministry of Agriculture are Citralkonos, Quickbird, GeoEye, WorldView-1, WorldView-2, and Pleides. Meanwhile, Landsat, NOAA, and MODIS imagery are used to forecast the rice crop phase.
This collaboration is carried out to support agricultural development through efforts to improve the quality of food data. To monitor rice plantations starting from the inundation, planting, vegetative, generative, to harvesting phases, it is done by using Landsat-8 imagery.
The results of satellite monitoring are very useful and can be used as a means of early warning systems and food policy-making materials.
In addition, satellite imagery can also be used for technical design in the field such as the acceleration of planting programs, estimation of seed requirements, fertilizer, postharvest, and estimating food stocks.
If it has been proven reliable on this satellite image formula. It is expected to be used as a substitute for conventional planting area, harvest, and productivity measurement methods.
LAPAN also has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture previously 4 times and currently is the 5th time. Hopefully, it can spur and improve the Ministry of Agriculture’s public services.
Of course, this policy will provide great benefits for the development of agriculture in Indonesia. This is done so that the validity of agricultural land data increases and can be used as a reference in designing agricultural programs and policies going forward.
The Ministry of Agriculture uses satellite imagery to get precise data from the field. The use of satellite imagery is done in order to get more accurate data. Especially related to agricultural land maps ranging from cropping data to entering the harvest season. By using satellite imagery, governments can see how long it takes to grow plants, and so on.
Nevertheless, the Ministry of Agriculture is still monitoring data directly in the field through agricultural officers in the area. Data on village officers will be processed and reported to the center. The data must also be of high quality.
Meanwhile, the use of satellite imagery has been widely used in various countries. For the validity of agricultural data, and now it is Indonesia’s turn. If the government has valid data, the harvested area will be easily predicted and can prevent food shortages and fluctuations. If you can ensure an accurate area of land, of course, you can ensure the area of harvest as well.