New mapping system for direct payments rolls out

The roll-out of the new land mapping database, the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), is ongoing according to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The roll-out seeks to update the system used to calculate farmers’ area-based scheme payments, the department says.

Developed to replace the current 25-year-old system, the new LPIS was first introduced in Co. Louth in 2019, and has been rolled out in an additional five counties in 2020, namely counties: Meath; Monaghan; Cavan; Leitrim; and Longford.


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 (ANC) Scheme; afforestation schemes; and the Organic Farming Scheme.

According to the Department of Agriculture, the overall objective is “to ensure the most efficient delivery of €1.6 billion of the EU-funded scheme payments to applicants, in line with regulatory requirements”.

The department says that the new LPIS will provide an improved service for farmers, with the following changes expected to be of particular benefit:
  • All land parcels moving to the new LPIS have been re-numbered as part of the changeover to the new system. This is an important simplification for farmers, as the new number will, in general, remain the same on the new LPIS;
  • Land parcels are positioned as accurately as possible in the new LPIS, which is based on the most up-to-date Ordnance Survey Ireland mapping standard;
  • In general, land parcels with administrative boundaries that are not associated with a real world feature on the ground (such as a hedgerow or a road) are merged into a single parcel in the new LPIS;
  • In general, land parcels which have roads or rivers cutting across them are split into separate parcels in the new LPIS.

The new system is operational in 2020 for: all land parcels in the five counties listed whether a farmer is based there or not; and for all land parcels declared in other counties by farmers based in the five counties.


Information relating to the changeover to the new system was sent to the relevant farmers earlier this year to assist in the preparation and submission of their 2020 scheme applications.

The department said it will continue to roll out the new LPIS on a phased basis over the next two years, with all counties expected to be live in the new system by 2022.