Satellite inspections are delaying farm payments

Satellite surveillance has delayed EU payments for thousands of farmers.

Of the 6,500 farms selected for a remote (satellite) sensing inspection, the first instalment of the Basic Payment (BPS) had issued to 5,176 applicants to date, and Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme payments had issued to 3,582 applicants, Agriculture Minister, Michael Creed, has stated.

The BPS balancing payment commenced to issue last week, along with the full BPS payment for any additionally completed remote sensing inspection cases.

“In the case of remote sensing inspections, a major review of satellite imagery received during the year must be undertaken to ensure that the actual claimed area in the application form corresponds to the area farmed by the applicant, that the different crop types are as claimed, and that ineligible land or features are not included for payment purposes,” said Mr Creed, in reply to a question in the Dáil by Independent Kerry TD, Michael Healy-Rae.

“The regulations further prescribe that where it is not possible to make an accurate determination on the eligibility by means of an assessment of the available imagery, a field visit must be undertaken to verify the position on the ground.”


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