IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy has said that priority TAMS dairy applications under both the Young Farmer and Dairy Equipment Scheme have commenced for farmers who urgently need to do work before the calving season begins.
At a meeting with the Department of Agriculture in Portlaoise earlier this week, IFA highlighted the difficulties many farmers were facing as the window to carry out essential investment is very narrow. IFA was told that where there is other work on the application then a part approval will be given for equipment such as parlours, milking machines and bulk tanks.
All TAMS first tranche applications have now closed and the Minister must ensure that all approvals for all sectors are speeded up.
In relation to TAMS I payments, IFA pointed out the necessity to ensure that all funding is utilised before year end as otherwise the 85% EU funded scheme will not be fully used up.