The European Commission has promoted the uptake of new imaging technologies in agrimonitoring,
but a number of obstacles to their more widespread use remain, according to a
new report from the European Court of Auditors. Technologies such as the EU’s Copernicus
Sentinel satellites are a potential game-changer for managing and monitoring the common
agricultural policy (CAP). However, while the EU has in recent years encouraged their use to
assess area-based direct aid to farmers, progress has been slower on using them to monitor
environmental and climate requirements, say the auditors.