Over 3,000 TAMS II approvals have issued to date
Some 3,064 TAMS II approvals have been issued to farmers to date, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed to Agriland.
Under the three tranches of TAMS II, some 7,161 farmers have applied with 2,951 applications received under the first tranche of TAMS, 2,210 under the second and 2,000 under the third.
Under the first tranche of TAMS II some 2,038 approvals have issued and 1,026 have issued under the second tranche. Approvals are yet to begin for the third tranche of the scheme.
Some 809 approvals have issued under tranche one and 391 have issued under tranche two.
The next scheme with the highest approvals is the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme, with 751 approvals issued to date.
Some 549 approvals have issued under tranche one and 202 have issued under tranche two, figures from the Department of Agriculture show.
The schemes with the least number of approvals are the Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme, with 31 approvals to date and the Organic Capital Investment Scheme, with 154.
Last week the TAMS II payment claim system opened, allowing farmers to submit payment claims under the scheme online.
Some farmers, who received early approvals, had been left waiting six months to apply to the claim system.
According to the Department of Agriculture there are a number of draft payment claims on the system to date, however only one complete payment claim has been submitted and received.
Farmers who reach this grant aid ceiling are not eligible to apply for any other of the TAMS II schemes with the exception of the Low Emission Slurry Spreading (LESS).
For those farmers in a registered farm partnership with the Department of Agriculture, they can avail of grant aid to the value of €160,000. This applies to applications with two or more eligible partners.
Partnerships containing one qualifying young farmer grant aid will be paid at 60% on the first €80,000 and 40% for the remaining balance.
Farmers who fail to comply with the terms and conditions of TAMS II may be penalised up to 100% of the grant value, this will occur if farmers do not meet the eligibility criteria.