O’Neill provides update on recently issued farm maps
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill today took the opportunity to remind farmers to check the maps they received and to make DARD aware of any adjustments necessary for them to accurately reflect the land they control.
~ Tuesday, 12 February 2013
“New maps have been issued over the last number of weeks and I know that farmers have been responding to my advice to check them. Many farmers have either posted details in to us or made an appointment to have their map details adjusted. I am pleased with this response.
“I am aware a problem has occurred with the production of some of the maps, with a number them missing fields that were declared by the farmer in the 2012 scheme period. This particular problem is restricted to a sub-set of maps within the last batch produced.
“It is vitally important that farmers check their maps and report necessary changes. This remains the case, including for those farmers who find there are fields missing from their maps. If a farmer has a problem with his/her maps, they should contact their local DARD Direct office and arrange an appointment. We will provide replacement maps for affected farmers and will work directly with them/agents to make sure that they have the necessary information in time to complete their Single Application Forms.
“I regret this problem has occurred and am grateful to all the farmers and their agents who have been working closely with us. I hope to continue to work in this way to develop a stable mapping system which is accurate and can support farmers making accurate claims for area-based schemes. For this to happen we need farmers to be patient whilst the Department brings these maps to the required standard."
Farmers can contact their local DARD Direct office by calling 0300 200 7848.
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