Agriculture plays an important role in Thailand. More than 40% of the labor force is engaged in the agricultural sector, which is heavily impacted by climate change. In the future the agricultural sector will further be impacted by extreme weather, resource scarcity and environmental degradation. Precision farming and on-site specific agricultural management can offer great advantages and optimise input of resources and overall farming practices. This technology however is still in the beginning stage in Thailand with skills and access to technologies being limited.
CTCN supported a 5-day training of researchers and other relevant experts in the public and private sector, organised by the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) of Thailand. The workshop “Technology development for climate resilience and efficient use of resources in the agricultural sector in Thailand” brought together about 55 participants from universities and the government sector and covered five main topics, including plant phenotyping, density mapping and yield estimation, hyper/multi spectral and thermal imaging, geoinformatics, sensor technology, smart irrigation and fertigation.