Baltic states’ paying agencies discussed the successes and challenges of using AI

In the beginning of February, the first online meeting of the three paying agencies of the Baltic States, National Paying Agency (NPA) in Lithuania,  Rural Support Service (RSS) in Latvia and Agricultural Registers and Information Board (ARIB) in Estonia, that administer support for agriculture and rural development, was held to discuss the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in their activities. The participants, including the management and representatives of different departments of these institutions, shared their experience in testing a wide variety of AI functions, their models and application possibilities, discussed prospects of further cooperation.

Representatives of the NPA, Lithuania, familiarised the audience with the AI testing activities, that could simplify daily processes and make them more efficient and effective. The possibilities of using certain AI models, their productivity, application of innovations, etc. were presented and compared.

Also, when assessing compliance with the digitalisation criterion in investment support projects, in 5 out of 6 cases, the AI assessment coincided with the evaluator's decision. AI was also used in the evaluation of feasibility studies, comparing the information provided by the applicant and the requirements for the feasibility study.

The analysis was performed using Bing Chat and Chat GPT about the suggestions made by AI tools regarding the submission of applications, etc. An analysis using the AI was carried out for examining the prices of pesticide spraying, the efficiency of sprayers, and calculating the power of tractor equipment, as well as the equivalence of commercial offers using Chat GPT, Google Bard and Microsoft Bing systems.

Colleagues from the Latvian RSS presented how AI can be used in the day-to-day activities in their organisation, including data visualisation, creating website texts, posts for social networks, and photos. Colleagues emphasised the importance of AI in analysing large-format documents, performing project evaluation through the prism of risk, determining the reasonableness of prices, etc. Representatives of the Estonian ARIB shared their plans to hire a specialised employee, or a team of such employees, who would help to find the most effective ways of using AI.

The next meeting dedicated to the subject of AI is planned for spring 2024.