West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

DARD mapping system updating extension welcomed - McAleer

Published: 4 February, 2013

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the ongoing progress made by DARD in updating their mapping database.

Mr. Mc Aleer, who is a member of the Assembly's Agriculture committee, said

"In December DARD commenced the process of issuing the new Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) maps to farmers who submitted a Single Farm Payment claim in 2012.

"This was a mammoth task and applied to 37,800 farmers and 750,000 parcels of land. 34,000 of these maps have now been delivered with the remainder being issued this week.

"DARD and Land and Property Services staff are available in the DARD direct offices to help farmers make the necessary changes. To date, there has been generally positive feedback from the farming community regarding the professionalism and helpfulness of staff, with a small number of farmers reporting difficulties in establishing accurate farm boundaries.

"The data used to produce these updated maps will be used to pre-print the Single Farm Payment application for 2013 and the department has set a cutoff date of 22nd February to make any amendments. If farmers do not make the necessary changes by this date, then the preprinted information on the Single Application form will not be up-to-date.

"Officials have informed me that in order to cope with demand they are extending opening hours to facilitate weekend and evening appointments.

"It is absolutely essential that farmers carefully scrutinize their maps and advise DARD of any changes. If farmers are in any doubt, I strongly advise them to request an appointment with a DARD Advisor as soon as possible. Unfortunately, if the maps are inaccurate, this could lead to delays in processing the 2013 Single Farm Payment and in the current economic climate this is something which farmers will want to avoid."