Department’s €22m annual ICT spend
Expenditure on information and communications technology (ICT) by the Department of Agriculture is averaging about €22 million per year, mostly for supporting payments in schemes such as the BPS, ANC, BGDP, TAMS, Sheep Welfare, GLAS, Forestry and Knowledge Transfer.
Agriculture Minister Michael C r e e d sa id h is d ep a r tm en t makes extensive use of ICT to underpin core activities, including areas such as animal health and welfare, food safety, fisheries, and scheme payments. Responding to a Dáil question from Fianna Fáil agriculture s p o k e s m a n Ch a r l i e M c C o n - a l o g u e , M r C re ed s a id t h e department introduced over 20 new CAP schemes since 2015, and the vast bulk of these are processed end- to- end by the department’s digital systems. “The department now has in place the necessary systems to ensure it can deliver on its commitments over coming years.” He said Ireland draws down CAP Pillar 2 funding at a rate second only to Finland, facilitated by having the necessary ICT systems in place.
“In addition, we are consistently delivering EU schemes and payments in a more efficient manner than our EU paying agency peers.”
A projected expenditure increase of about €4m in 2018 includes initiation of a new Land Parcel Identification Syst e m ( L P I S ) R e b u ild p ro je c t . “This project will be delivered in two years and plans to implem e n t a n e w s t a t e o f th e a r t LPIS,” said Mr Creed.
The Department of Agriculture pends about €22m per year on information and communications technology.