New TAMS rules will ease pres­sure

Irish Independent - Farming - - NEWS -

DE­POSITS paid on in­vest­ments for TAMS be­fore for­mal ap­proval was granted will now qual­ify for the grant, it has been con­firmed.

The lat­est Farm­ers’ Char­ter meet­ing heard that changes were planned af­ter concerns had been raised that farm­ers were not get­ting paid a grant on the de­posits pre-paid to se­cure the in­vest­ment.

Farm bodies at the meet­ing con­firmed the Depart­ment also in­di­cated that they will look at pos­si­bly ap­ply­ing the new rules ret­ro­spec­tively.

The ICMSA’s Pat McCor­mack said the reg­u­la­tion was “ex­tremely harsh” on farm­ers and didn’t ref lect the prac­ti­cal re­al­i­ties where de­posits were re­quired to en­sure a con­trac­tor would carry out the work at a spe­cific time.

“The change is very pos­i­tive,” he said, adding they had asked the Depart­ment to review the cases al­ready pro­cessed.

IFA ru­ral devel­op­ment chair Joe Brady said the change was par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant for “farm­ers in­stalling milk­ing ma­chines and bulk tanks and pur­chas­ing low-emis­sion slurry spread­ing equip­ment”.

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