Thousands hit by TAMS system delays
Published 03/05/2016 | 02:30
Farmers are facing serious cashflow pressures over delays in payments under the TAMS II scheme for costly dairy equipment.
A number of farmers had been given approval for bulk milk tanks and milking machines, with costs ranging from €20,000 upwards.
The ICMSA's deputy president Pat McCormack said many farmers had paid for the work and were still awaiting the 40pc grant which was causing major cashflow difficulties at a time of low milk prices.
It has been flagged that there have been difficulties with the Department of Agriculture's IT system for TAMS II but work is underway on it.
Following a meeting of the Farmers Charter committee, he said they now understood it would be July before payments for work completed would issue.
A key issue highlighted at the meeting was a delay in TAMS II approvals for 5,000 farmers to commence work under the investment scheme.
The IFA's deputy president Richard Kennedy said farmers have been told they will have to wait a further two weeks, as he warned it was adding to the frustration of farmers at a difficult time.
It is "totally unacceptable" that nine months after TAMS II opened, approvals have not yet been made to the vast majority of farmers who have applied, said Mr Kennedy.