REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Satellite surveillance highlights 1,000 cheating farmers
Around 1,000 cereal farmers in Ireland will see their claims for European Union grants rejected after a high tech surveillance scheme detected that the information they provided was false. Officials from the department of agriculture explained that the farmers' applications for EU grants, made under the Area Aid Arable Scheme (AAAS), were doubled-checked using satellite photographs. These images can tell the difference between arable, forage and grass areas on farmland.
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