Latvia Ministry of Agriculture implements GIS for IACS

Latvia Ministry of Agriculture implements GIS for IACS

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ESRI announced that HNIT-Baltic GeoInfoServisas (HB-GIS), its distributor for both Lithuania and Latvia, along with HB-GIS’s partner as subcontractor ENVIROTECH, were awarded the software contract for development of the GIS-based Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) for the Rural Support Service (RSS) in Latvia.

About 47 percent of the total budget of the European Community (EU) goes to agriculture. To help manage its agricultural programs, EU implemented the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS), which includes integrated control procedures for land parcel declarations and other requirements. For verification purposes, almost all EU members have adopted remote sensing procedures. This has led to an EU decision to implement new techniques into IACS that include GIS and digital orthoimagery capabilities.

RSS’s new ArcGIS software-based LPIS system uses ArcSDE for geodatabase management and ArcIMS technology to distribute spatial data among its eight regional agencies via the Internet. The system creates field parcels, records all changes after data editing, and automatically prints maps without any constraints, providing agency employees and agricultural workers with updated information regarding specific parcels of land.

The objective of the project is to provide a basic infrastructure to accumulate the information on more than 300,000 field parcels located all over Latvia. The main users of this information are farmers and civil servants, who manage and control the development of Latvian agriculture. The new GIS system is also a basic platform for the IACS financial support and calculation system.