Satellite imagery will prevent irregularities | Satellite imagery will prevent irregularities
National Paying Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
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2017.05.29

Satellite imagery will prevent irregularities

Satellite imagery will prevent irregularities
'That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind' – these words were pronounced by an American astronaut Neil Armstrong when he made the first steps on the Moon. Sentinel satellite imagery is a big jump both for the National Paying Agency and all farmers of our country.
 
Satellite imagery will be put into use very soon – in July of the current year.  It will then be possible to check whether declared fields are mowed and land is being cultivated. Also we will be able to see if the area is a grassland pasture and to check whether farmers are following obligations they are committed to.
 
It will become easier to evaluate agrarian condition of applicants’ declared fields. Inspectors won’t need to carry out on-the-spot checks unless they detect some possible violation of the rules. This way farmers will be much less disturbed and those potential applicants, who are not going to properly maintain the declared fields and comply with the requirements, will need to consider the fact that the irregularities will be easily detected by NPA specialists.
 
In the near future, already the next year, satellite imagery will also help to identify crop type. This year, it is planned to make 90% of all area-based checks using the remote control.
 
Lithuania is one of the first countries to use satellite imagery for administration of support. Practical experience will be shared with the European Commission for further simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy.  
 
Last updated: 2017-08-29 15:24