Big changes loom for farm building grants under TAMS II
The time given for the completion of works under TAMS II could be cut from three years to one year.
Department of Agriculture secretary general, Aidan O'Driscoll, told an Oireachtas Agriculture Committee meeting last week that changes to the required timeframe for work to be completed were being considered by his officials.
Under existing TAMS rules, farmers have three years from the date an application is grant-approved to complete all the required works.
However, TAMS II applicants might now have to fast-track work to secure grants under the scheme.
Mr O'Driscoll said the proposed tighter schedule was due to the significant time lag between approvals and the drawdown of funds under TAMS. The ICMSA has criticised any such changes.
Last year a suite of six measures were announced under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme known as TAMS II.
The measures announced were the:
1. Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme