Farmers lose out on grants as TAMS approvals start to lapse
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.
Spring ploughing at Agamartha, near Carrigaline, Co Cork, last Friday.