Department commits to finalisation of all TAMS approvals by the end of March

Thousands of farmers still waiting for approvals for farm building investments under the first tranche of the TAMS II scheme.

Much of the delay in the issuing of approvals by the Department of Agriculture appears to stem from difficulties surrounding the IT system developed for the TAMS II scheme. All applications for grant aid under the scheme must be completed online.

However, this week Department spokesperson has told  that it is anticipated that the TAMS IT approval system to facilitate the finalisation of all approvals will be in place at the end of March. All outstanding approvals will then commence with a view to payments for approved investments commencing in June.

IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said that the foot-dragging by the Minister for Agriculture on issuing approvals for farmers who have applied for the TAMS II grants is unacceptable.

McCarthy said that many farmers applied as far back as last September for grant aid under the various schemes and are still awaiting approval six months later.

The only approvals issued to date are priority cases for dairy equipment and low emission slurry equipment. This represents over 1,000 farmers, compared to the 2,500 who have applied in total for the scheme.

McCarthy said it is vitally important that all farmers who have applied for TAMS investment are given the go-ahead without further delay, particularly as the weather is now improving so that investments can take place.