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The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform of 1992 has introduced a radical change into the manner in which farm businesses claim subsidy support. In place of the market-intervention strategies used exclusively up to this date, aid payments for a wide range of agricultural products are now paid direct to the farmer and linked to farmed area, in an attempt to alleviate intensive farming strategies, reduce over-production, and help combat subsidy fraud. Given the variable quality of large scale mapping resources through the 15 European Union Member States, airborne remote sensing (mainly digital orthophotography) has taken on an increasingly important role in the setting up of geographical information systems for the referencing of farm plots. To date, these systems enable the administration of subsidies covering arable land forage areas olive trees, vineyards, plus a number of less generalized but nevertheless important crops such as rice, Lastly, a critical and specific application, checking the agricultural use area of CAP claims, concerns the use of airborne remote sensing for the control of over 50000 farm businesses each year in addition to a larger number of checks carried out using satellite imagery. Through examples illustrations are given of the operations completed, underway, and in preparation, those activities directly linked to the use of airborne remote sensing and the main requirements of the Commission (specifically DGVI) in the context for the next 5 to 5 years.

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Authors: KAY S, JRC Ispra (IT);LÉO O, JRC Ispra (IT);MEYER-ROUX J, JRC Ispra (IT);DELINCÉ J, Directorate General VI (Agriculture), Division A 14 (Evaluation), Brussels (BE);VAN DE STEENE M, Directorate General VI (Agriculture), Division A 14 (Evaluation), Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 3rd International Airborne Remote Sensing Conference and Exhibition, Copenhagen (DK), July 7-10, 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40652 ORA
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