Rural Payments

Mastering agri-land registration data for payments to farmers, traders and land owners 


  • Automation of system improves the speed of payments made to farmers
  • Keep an accurate system of record of farm conditions
  • Provides validation auditing to changes made to the system of record
  • Automated and validation of data, improves the speed and accuracy of payments
  • Supporting digital and data-driven decision making


The Challenge

Government organisations issue millions of payments per year to agricultural businesses, such as; farmers, traders and land owners, aligned with national and/or international agricultural and environmental policies. It is essential that accurate payments are made, in order to support businesses, rural development and environmental, whilst preventing irregularities. To ensure that the payments to businesses are made accurately, the agri-land registration system needs to be continuously updated.

In order to maintain an agri-land registration system data needs to be captured, edited and/or validated. Therefore, farmers paper submissions needs to be converted into geospatial data  and managed through change control, updates or corrections. Data changes should be governed, for quality control, however, it can sometimes be a difficult and timely process to manage which is prone to human error.

The governance of land data can be a major constraint to continuously updating an agri-land registration system. For example, land updates submitted by inspectors or from aerial photography needs to be governed. This can result in a queue of land parcels, that require checking before being uploaded to the land registration system, creating possible delays.

The Solution

This rural payments solution provides expertise in the management of a geospatial data infrastructure for agri-land registration, including data governance and data quality. Ensuring that data is consistently accurate and up to date by automating the transformation and validation process using a positive rules-based approach, minimising the possibility for human error.

The provisioning of geospatial services, for example mapping and aerial photography, ensures that users capturing and editing data and analysts have consistent access to accurate geospatial data. This solution means greater efficiency for a payments organisation, improving evidence-based decision-making.


The Result

This solution enables payment organisations to have a sustainable geospatial data infrastructure underpinning their agri-land registration system. Data governance and data quality can be automated, speeding up the time getting data from source to information for making timely payments to businesses.

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The Rural Payments Agency – and its sponsor, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) – have an aim of becoming more digital and data-driven; using data to support faster, more accurate decisions. To achieve this, the LMS data must be kept accurate and current.