GovTech Challenges

Identifying different grasses using Sentinel satellite data

The National Paying Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture (NPA) is looking for a solution to allow more remote sensing to identify different grasses using Sentinel satellite data.


  • The area of farmland devoted to livestock farming covers almost half of Lithuania’s agrolandscape, and the diversity of fodder grassland and pasture vegetation has reached a maximum degree of diversification due to specific natural conditions and perennial farming practices.
  • The slow rotation and long-term fragmentation of declared fields make the verification of specific declarations of grass cover very difficult, and the prolonged mowing period makes the monitoring and control of the maintenance of the declared herbaceous crops a particularly challenging problem.
  • At present, the National Paying Agency’s information system lacks information on the natural communities of grasses and the species composition of cultivated meadows in order to determine whether the rotation of pastures complies with the requirements laid down, as well as on the proportions of the proportions of the natural and cultivated species composition of grasses of perennial grassland declared, which are decisive for the meadows’ biodiversity and nature conservation value.


  • In 2021, the aim is to increase the number of remote sensing surveys to identify different grasses, using the most advanced satellite imagery and technology, and to improve the selection process for remote sensing. Sentinel satellite data could be used to avoid and eliminate many physical checks by the National Paying Agency.
  • For this purpose, it is necessary to develop a prototype that could be tested in one or several municipalities and then implemented throughout Lithuania.

Prizes for participants

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners:

  • 1st prize – 17 800 EUR
  • 2nd prize – 1000 EUR
  • 3rd prize – 1000 EUR

Additional information

The deadline for receipt of projects or applications for participation is 23/09/2021, 12:00.

For a detailed description of the challenge and the call for projects, please visit the Central Public Procurement System (CVP IS).

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