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Department corrects problem with recently issued maps

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill today said that the error with some of the last set of farm maps issued has now been fixed.
Thursday, 21 February 2013

Explaining that full farm maps will be made available for affected farmers the Minister said: “Access to full farm maps are available through DARD Direct offices and farmers can visit or telephone to get a copy of their map. These maps are also available through DARD Online Services, which will allow farmers and their agricultural consultants or agents internet access to their full farm maps.

“In addition we will make fresh paper copies of these maps and issue these to affected farmers alongside their Single Application packs. Where farmers have notified us of changes needed to their map, these will be included.”

The Minister added that she has directed her staff to delay the issue of Single Application Form Packs for farmers whose maps have been affected by this problem by two weeks. She explained: “This extension will allow affected farmers two more weeks (up to 8 March) to advise DARD of any necessary changes and still allow them four weeks to complete their Single Application Form before the 15 May deadline. Whilst this time is shorter than originally planned, where farmers have advised us of changes in time, these will be included on the Single Application, which will help in completing the application form.”

Farmers can contact their local DARD Direct office on 0300 200 7848.

Notes to editors:

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