Limerick IFA challenge Dept on LPIS accuracy
Published 02/11/2010 | 05:00
There is growing pressure to challenge the accuracy of the digitised mapping of farms which is being used by the Department of Agriculture for area-based payments.
Hundreds of farmers have complained to farm organisations that the measurements for their holdings produced by the digitised mapping is "inaccurate" and does not correspond with the previous held measurements of their farms.
Limerick IFA has now called on the IFA national council to select a number of farm cases for a test case challenge against the accuracy of the digitised system.
A successful legal challenge would throw the whole process of digitising of farms into disarray.
A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture insisted that the mapping was being done by highly qualified personnel, but admitted that the accuracy does depend on the accuracy of the person doing the work.
They have stated that the digitised area of a farm is unlikely to correspond with the land area declared in farm deeds or Land Registry Office certified maps of the holdings, because areas on the farm ineligible for Area Aid Payment are being excluded by the Department of Agriculture in the land area issued to farmers.
Limerick IFA delegate John Fennessy told a meeting of the county executive that many farmers were not happy with the measurements they were getting on the digitised maps.
"I believe that the IFA should select four or five farms where there are problems for a test case, because there is a big difference from the Land Registry Maps for some farms and farmers are now questioning what is going on," Mr Fennessy said.