IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has welcomed the Minister’s announcement that he is extending the deadline by two weeks for completion of work under TAMS. It means the original deadline of next Monday, 31st August has been moved to 14th September.
Flor McCarthy said the previous deadline was too tight for farmers to get work completed and had placed them under pressure.
IFA had called on the Minister to allow flexibility in relation to the completion date for TAMS I investments, as many farmers have been finding it difficult to finish their work by the end of August.
Flor McCarthy said the main element where there is a difficulty is the dairy equipment, sheep fencing and farm safety schemes. In many cases, approvals to proceed have only recently been issued and the timescale to finish work was too short.
The IFA Rural Development Chairman said maximum flexibility is needed to ensure that the €12.5m available for TAMS I – 85% of which is EU funding – is not lost to farmers.