No plans to replace land parcel identification system – Minister Creed

While the Department constantly strives to update and improve all data that it uses, there is no new system for land digitisation in place, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed has said.

The Minister was responding to a parliamentary question from Deputy Niamh Smyth recently, who asked his views on reports that the new system for land digitisation, the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) is causing huge irregularities and in some cases errors for engineers carrying out their work.

The LPIS is the Department’s spatial database that underpins area based payments to over 125,000 farmers, the Minister said.

“This system holds records (digitised parcels) for over 1m land parcels. The system as operated by this Department is not a replacement for Ordnance Survey maps, but works in a complementary fashion.

“It is designed and operated to ensure payments are made in a timely manner to farmers while also ensuring robust controls are in place to ensure the validity of payments.”

The Minister said that Ordnance Survey maps at a scale similar to the LPIS (1:5000) typically show each individual field on the farm as a distinct parcel.

“The LPIS can have multiple fields in a single parcel and this can vary depending on the specific schemes that farmers apply for.

“While both datasets are similar they have been designed with different end uses in mind.”