Farm­ers lose out on grants as TAMS ap­provals start to lapse

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FARM FINANCE - Stephen Cado­gan

The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture is wait­ing for pay­ment claims from about 9,500 farm­ers ap­proved for tar­geted agri­cul­tural moderni­sa­tion schemes (TAMS) grants. Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed has warned the first TAMS ap­provals are now start­ing to lapse, as the time for ap­ply­ing for pay­ment ex­pires.

He said: “I would en­cour­age all farm­ers who have an ap­proval in place to un­der­take their planned in­vest­ments and to sub­mit a pay­ment claim as soon as the ap­proved work is com­pleted. The bud­get of €395m is in place for that pur­pose.” Pay­ments can­not is­sue un­til the ap­proved works have been com­pleted and a pay­ment claim is sub­mit­ted to an on­line sys­tem by or on be­half of the ap­proved ap­pli­cant. Ap­pli­ca­tions that were sub­mit­ted un­der Tranches 1 to 5 were is­sued with ap­provals which had a life­time of up to three years. There­after ap­pli­ca­tions were ap­proved with a com­ple­tion pe­riod of six months for mo­bile in­vest­ments or twelve months for fixed in­vest­ments.

Over 13,000 ap­provals have is­sued to farm­ers. Pay­ments have av­er­aged over €1m per week to farm­ers re­cently, to­talling more than €45.

Pic­ture; David Cree­don/Anzen­berger

Spring plough­ing at Aga­martha, near Car­ri­ga­line, Co Cork, last Fri­day.

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