Efficient agricultural monitoring: a methodology for assessing individual farmer adherence to rice-planting schedule for tertiary irrigation system under the Muda Irrigation Scheme using Earth observation datasets

Aliya Mhd Zahir, Hiroaki Somura, Toshitsugu Moroizumi
Received 4 July, 2023
Accepted 16 October, 2023
Published online 20 February, 2024

Aliya Mhd Zahir1)2), Hiroaki Somura1), Toshitsugu Moroizumi1)

1) Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University, Japan
2) Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Malaysia

The tertiary irrigation system (TIS) was designed for the Muda Irrigation Scheme (MIS) to distribute irrigation water to farmers’ fields to ensure the reliability of water supply for cultivating rice paddies twice a year. Variability in farming practices, influenced by farmer autonomy along the tertiary canal adds complexity and uncertainty to adherence monitoring. Traditional on-site data collection methods are limited in scope and efficiency, whereas Earth observation (EO) enables continuous monitoring. In this study, we introduced a methodology that uses EO datasets to monitor individual field adherence to rice-planting schedules under TIS. These tools improve the monitoring of rice-planting schedule adherence by identifying non-adherent fields for further countermeasures. This study highlights the potential use of EO datasets and advanced data processing techniques for efficient agricultural monitoring.

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