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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has described the delay by the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to approve all applications for tranche 13 of the TAMS scheme, as totally unacceptable. Applications for tranche 13 closed in early April.

Joe Brady said that twenty per cent of farmers who applied were told that they have failed the selection criteria and are being pushed into the next tranche of the scheme, which will close on July 5th.

Many of the farmers who applied are anxious to proceed with work, particularly as the weather is ideal for construction and works can be completed well in advance of next winter.

The IFA Rural Development Chairman said that many of the applications are for feed bins for drystock farmers, which were first introduced for that sector earlier this year. In addition, farmers have applied to invest in dairy units, farm safety measures, slurry storage, tillage equipment and low-emission slurry equipment.

“There has been pent-up demand for investment and the Minister’s decision not to approve around 650 farmers at this stage is a major disappointment,” he said.

Joe Brady pointed out that in the 2014 – 2020 RDP €395m has been provided for TAMS. Of this, €138m has been paid out to 9,400 farmers. This means that with just 18 months to go in the current RDP only 33% of funds have been spent.

“Not granting all approvals is totally unacceptable. At the rate of expenditure to date, the full allocation will not be used. It is up to Minister Creed to get additional resources into the system so that this situation is not repeated over the next five tranches of the scheme, which is due to close for applications in December 2020,” he said.

 

 

IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has described as unacceptable that the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed is sitting on applications for TAMS grants for farmers who applied in the last tranche of the scheme which closed in early April.

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IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has urged the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to pay out approximately €45m which is owed to farmers in respect of schemes that they applied for in 2018.

Richard Kennedy said that it is unacceptable that this money is being held up at a time when farmers are on their knees and are in desperate need of income support.

The makeup of the money owed is as follows:

  • Remaining 15% GLAS balancing payment worth over €30m
  • Full GLAS payment to 1,500 farmers who have not received any payment for 2018 worth €6m
  • Balancing payment for organic farmers worth €2m
  • Outstanding KT payments worth €2m
  • Balancing payment under the Sheep Welfare Scheme worth €3m
  • A small number of outstanding BPS, ANC and BDGP payments worth €2m.

On top of this, there are approximately 800 farmers who have made an application for TAMS, following completion of investment, who are also awaiting payment.  This is worth €11.5m.

Richard Kennedy said it is vitally important that all outstanding payments are made without any further delay.

Meanwhile, Richard Kennedy has again reminded farmers that the BPS application date deadline is May 15th and he urged all farmers to ensure that they have their online application in on time. He also reminded farmers that the Department of Agriculture is holding clinics around the country to assist farmers with their online applications.

IFA National Farm Forestry Chairman Vincent Nally said the Department of Agriculture must honour afforestation contracts if planting rates are to recover.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has said the first batch of 130 appeals has been sent to the Independent Panel as part of the ANC review.

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