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Coughlan announces on-line application for Single Payment Scheme in 2007

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., today announced that the further enhancement of her Department's eServices will allow farmers apply for the Single Payment Scheme on-line in 2007. Minister Coughlan said "This will be another step forward in our use of technology and while still in the development stage, it is envisaged that this on-line system will be available for the 2007 scheme".

The Minister indicated that an on-line facility to allow farmers check the 10-month end date for individual parcels has been made available to registered eServices customers. "This new facility will be of particular benefit to those farmers who traditionally rent or lease some or all of the land they farm. It will allow them to quickly check land availability for Single Payment purposes, thereby minimising errors in their applications".

Minister Coughlan said that approximately 6,000 farmers are registered for eServices. Enquiries regarding registration are currently running at 250 per week, with 878 farmers registered during March 2006. She went on to outline the range of eServices available to clients at present which can be accessed via the Department's website at iMap/SPS provides access once the applications are fully processed, to the Single Payment Scheme/Area Aid Scheme information from 2001 onwards, including details of entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme and summary details of applications, Parcel and Plot Details, Payment Details, scanned documents associated with the case and a map view of parcels FIMS is a web-based application available to Forestry companies to facilitate the creation and submission of maps online in support of farmer applications for forestry grants and planting approval. The companies can view the Department's spatial dataset, and overlay the boundaries of a plantation using a range of tools for drawing and manipulating spatial line-work, including the entry of GPS (Global Positioning System) points. AIM, which provides access to the Animal Identification and Movement system, including:

  • Calf Birth Registration facility, which allows for registration of calf births online;
  • Herd Profile Enquiry, which gives details of animals in the herd on CMMS, as well as movements in and out of the herd;
  • Compliance Certificate facility, which allows for online application for a CMMS compliance certificate, required for certain animal movements.

In conclusion, the Minister said "I strongly encourage clients of my Department to register on the web site for existing and future services by clicking on the eServices icon. Clients can also contact the eServices Helpdesk (lo-call number 1890 252 118) to register over the phone or to obtain a paper application. Applicants are provided with a PAC (Personal Access Code) and password, for secure interaction with the Department".

8 May, 2006

Date Released: 08 May 2006