Check your farm maps now, farmers urged

THE coming weeks will see 38,000 farmers across Northern Ireland receiving updated copies of their official farm maps, which will be used as the basis for the 2013 Single Farm Payment (SFP) Application Process.

The new maps represent the latest stage in DARD’s ongoing campaign to improve the accuracy of the land information that is available to local farmers. This, in turn, will improve the accuracy and efficiency with which the Department can process SFP applications while at the same time reducing Northern Ireland’s exposure to disallowances, which must be paid back to Brussels when SFP discrepancies are identified.

Andrew Elliott, DARD’s man in charge of the LPIS (Land Parcel Identification System) project, told Farming Life that the new digital maps feature field boundaries that have been moved to coincide with physical boundaries, as viewed on the aerial photographs.


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