The Dutch government is freeing up EUR1.4 million for the purchase of satellite data to improve the sustainability and efficiency of farming. Among other things, the data contains detailed information about the soil, the atmosphere and crop development. Specialised companies can analyse the data to provide farmers with targeted advice on irrigation, fertilisation and crop-spraying activities. The satellite data will be made available online as open data, allowing everyone to have free access to it.
The Dutch agricultural and horticultural sector enjoys a very strong international reputation, and the government is keen to support this leading position by investing in innovation. Satellite data enables farmers to monitor crop progress very closely and to take corrective action precisely where it is needed, thus resulting in greater efficiency and sustainability. This will help to secure the Netherlands’ position at the forefront of the agriculture and horticulture industry and enable the country to continue to do its bit to solve the global food crisis in the future.