Looking Inward to the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Rice Production Assessment in Indonesia

Monday, 14 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
I Gusti Agung Ayu Ambarawati, Udayana University, Faculty of Agriculture, Denpasar, Indonesia, I Made Anom Sutrisna Wijaya, Udayana University, Faculty of Food Technology, Denpasar, Indonesia, Chiharu Hongo, Center for Environmental Remote Sensing, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan and A.A. Ayu Mirah Adi, Udayana University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Denpasar, Indonesia
Rice is the main source of carbohydrate for most Indonesians. Rice production has been very dynamic due to improved infrastructure, research and development, and better farm management. However, rice production is susceptible to loss caused by drought, pest and disease attack and climate change. With the growing concern on sustainable and self-reliance food production in the country, there is an urgency to encourage research and efforts to increase rice productivity. Attempts to provide spatial distribution of rice fields on high resolution optical remote sensing data have been employed to some extent, however this technology could be costly. The use of UAV has been introduced to estimate damage ratio in rice crop recently in Indonesia. This technology is one of the ways to estimate rice production quicker, cost-saving and before harvesting time. This study aims to analyze spatio temporal and damage ratio of rice crop using UAV in Indonesia. The study empirically presents the use of UAV (Phantom 2 Vision +) on rice fields to the soil condition and development of management zone map in Bali as an example. The study concludes that the use of UAV allows researchers to pin point characteristics of crop and land in a specific area of a farm. This will then allow researchers to assist farmers in implementing specific and appropriate solutions to production issues.

Key words: UAV, rice production, damage ratio