New TAMS rules will ease pressure
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”.