Eye in the sky to replace most on-the-ground farm inspections
New developments in satellite technology will dramatically reduce the number of on the spot field inspections carried out on farms across the EU.
That’s according to EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan who said the use of technology can also bring enormous benefits in terms of simplification of the Common Agriculture Policy.
“New technology can significantly reduce the number of field inspections.
“Already paying agencies are using free of charge data from the Sentinel satellites of the EU funded Copernicus programme
“In the near future satellite monitoring of parcels could replace most of the on the spot checks. This kind of simplification is very much in my plans,” the Commissioner told Agriculture MEPs this week.
“I am convinced that we don’t have to wait for the next CAP reform before using these technologies and together we can make a lot of progress quickly,” he added.
Some 6,500 Irish farmers were selected for a Remote Sensing (Satellite) inspection across the various area-based schemes according to figures from the Department of Agriculture.
Less than 1pc of farmers can expect to have an actual visit from a Department of Agriculture inspector on Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in 2016, as the digital eye in the sky replaces the manual task for the majority of farm inspections.