Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (1022, 1023)

Ruairí Ó Murchú

Ceist:

1022. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the land parcel identification system in County Louth. [27010/20]

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Ruairí Ó Murchú

Ceist:

1023. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applicants that have had payments delayed due to issues in relation to the land parcel identification system in County Louth. [27011/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1022 and 1023 together.

The Department is progressing well with the development and rollout of the new Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS).  The LPIS is the Department’s land database which underpins payments to farmers under area-based schemes such as the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme (ANC), afforestation schemes, and the Organic Farming Scheme (OFS). The new LPIS is replacing the current 25 year old system.  

The overall objective is to ensure the most efficient delivery of €1.6 billion of EU funded scheme payments to applicants, in line with regulatory requirements.  The new LPIS gives farmers a more accurate representation of land parcel boundaries, and is based on the most up-to-date technologies and Ordnance Survey Ireland mapping standard. 

It was first introduced in Louth in 2019 and the roll out in Louth is now complete.  Rollout out to an additional five counties (Meath, Monaghan, Cavan, Leitrim, and Longford) is ongoing in 2020. Additional counties are on target to go live in the new system in 2021. 

In terms of payments in Louth based on the new LPIS, over 99.9% of cases in Louth have been paid their 2019 BPS. One case remains unpaid.  This is in line with the national average.  In mid-September, my Department commenced advance payments under the 2020 ANC scheme with €187m having now issued to over 87,000 farmers.  This is significantly ahead of payment rates for this stage in 2019 and payments in Louth are progressing in line with the national average.  Advance payments under the 2020 BPS are due to commence on 16 October, which is the earliest date allowed under EU Regulation.