Changes to Deposit Rules for Tams Applicants
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.