IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed changes to the TAMS scheme, which will allow farmers who have applied for TAMS, and who had put down a deposit before formal approval, to claim the deposit as a legitimate expense in claiming grant aid.
Prior to this, farmers were penalised if they had paid a deposit for work or equipment before formal approval to proceed with work
This change is particularly relevant for farmers installing milking machines and bulk tanks and purchasing low-emission slurry spreading equipment under the scheme.
Joe Brady said IFA has been in contact with the Department about a number of cases over the past nine months. It is important that any farmer who suffered a penalty gets the full grant aid paid.