Remote sensing inspections: what you need to know

23 September 2021

Farm business
A patchwork of fields and wooded area taken by a drone

The NFU's BPS advisers have updated their briefing explaining how the RPA uses remote sensing – high resolution satellite imaging - to check farmers' land against their BPS claims and what you need to be aware of if you've had an inspection report.

The current basis for BPS land eligibility inspections is EU legislation that was transferred into domestic legislation prior to 31 January 2020, when we commenced formally our exit from the EU. As a result of the Withdrawal Agreement, during 2020 BPS legislation needed to keep in line with EU legislation.

BPS inspections can be carried out by either physical land inspections by an inspector, or by remote sensing. These inspections are different to those for cross-compliance.

Remote sensing is where the RPA uses satellite imaging to inspect farmers’ land. Remote sensing uses high-resolution satellite images to check the land and to compare it with what the farmer has
claimed on their BPS application.

NFU members: Read the Remote Sensing Inspections 2020.

Read more on NFUonline


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