Farmers face hold for funds due to TAMS demand
It is unclear whether farmers who made applications for grant aid under the last tranche of TAMS will get funding in the current round.
It has been suggested that unprecedented application levels for the last TAMS tranche could result in a proportion being held over to the next tranche. The Department of Agriculture was unable to clarify the situation last week.
When contacted by the Farming Independent, a spokesman said he was “not in a position to provide a response for this week’s edition”.
Investments eligible for investment under TAMS include the:
* Dairy Equipment Scheme;
* Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme;
* Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme;
* Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme.
Close to €67m was spent on TAMS last year, but investment was curtailed at farm level by the drought and lower dairy farmer incomes. However, the indications are that activity has rebounded this year, with farmers anxious to proceed with investments that were held over for the last 12 months.
Meanwhile, IFA rural development committee chairman Joe Brady has welcomed the issuing of GLAS balancing payments worth €25m to 42,000 farmers. But he has called for all outstanding payments to eligible farmers, including those from 2018, to be paid without further delay.
The IFA estimate that 1,500 farmers still have not received any payment for 2018, amounting to €10.8m due in outstanding monies.
Mr Brady reminded planners that GLAS III farmers who are required to complete training under their GLAS plan by December 2019 must be facilitated in doing so.
He called on the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, to lobby the Commission for transitional arrangements for the 25,000 farmers whose GLAS contracts finish at the end of 2020.