The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has released a county-by-county breakdown of applications under the TAMS II scheme.

To date a total of 10,996 applications have been received under the scheme, with the latest tranche set to close on Friday, April 7.

Farmers in Co. Cork have submitted the most applications, equalling 1,651. Some 1,222 of these applications have received approval from the Department.

Just 35 applications have been made by farmers in Co. Dublin, with 22 of these receiving approval.

Details have also been released by the Department of the number of payment claims lodged by applicants and the number of these claims which have been approved.

Over €8.6m has been paid out to the 708 applicants who have had their payment claims approved by the Department.

A total of 121 payment claims have been approved for farmers in both counties Cork and Tipperary.

Meanwhile, only one farmer in Co. Louth has had a payment claim approved by the Department.

Farmers in Co. Tipperary have enjoyed considerable success under the scheme; some 688 applications out of a total of 889 have been approved. Out of the 688 approved applications, 156 payment claims have been submitted.

Figures sourced from the Department of Agriculture

Figures sourced from the Department of Agriculture

As of Friday, March 24, the Department confirmed to Agriland that 290 applications had been received under the current tranche. However, officials expected this number to rise significantly before the deadline closes.

There is usually a large surge in the numbers of applications submitted in the final few days before the closing date of a particular tranche.

An additional 161 applications have been submitted in the past few days, bringing the total number of applicants under this tranche to 461. Farmers have just a few days left to submit applications for the current tranche, with applications only being accepted online.

TAMS II aims to provide farmers with grant aid to improve and/or build a specific range of farm buildings or purchase equipment that may benefit their farm businesses.