DARD began issuing maps to farmers during the Christmas period to support them in their 2013 Single Farm Payment applications.
These maps are being issued in advance of the Single Application Forms (SAF) to allow farmers to get the correct details pre-printed on their SAF.
The second batch of maps, covering the northern region, issued on 15 January. As farm business maps can only be issued when all the fields on a map have been processed, some businesses will not receive maps until all fields have been processed, for example, businesses in the south-east or north region may have to wait a little longer for a map if they have claimed fields in the south-west in 2012.
Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill reminded farmers that they need to examine their maps immediately and stated: “These improved maps are being issued to all farmers who submitted a Single application Form in 2012. It is vital that farmers examine these maps and contact the department as soon as possible if any of the information is incorrect. Demand for appointments has been high to date, so contact us early to make sure that your changes are made.
“We have been working very hard to update the maps on the basis of the latest available aerial photography, but only farmers themselves are fully up-to-date with the conditions on the ground. It is important to provide us with any corrections which may need to be made as this will help to prevent delays with the processing of your 2013 Single Farm Payment applications.”
The mapping information will also be used to pre-print the 2013 Single Application Form, so it is important that farmers make sure that the information is correct, as this will ease the processing of their Single Farm Payment applications in 2013. Guidance on what to check on the maps will be issued in the map pack and is also available on the DARD internet site under the ‘Grants & Funding’ section.
Farmers who need to amend their data should immediately contact DARD Direct on 0300 200 7848 as demand for appointments has been high so far.