Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

Last-minute TAMS I extension

Chairman of the ICMSA Farm Services Committee, Patrick Rohan.
Chairman of the ICMSA Farm Services Committee, Patrick Rohan.

The last-minute decision to extend the deadline for the TAMS I scheme could have been taken weeks earlier to avoid causing extra stress to farmers struggling to complete the work, farm leaders have claimed.

Farming bodies had been calling for an extension to the scheme after highlighting farmers' problems meeting the targets.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney last week confirmed the deadline of August 31 had been pushed out to September 14 for the TAMS I farm safety, dairy equipment and sheep handling schemes.

Patrick Rohan, chair of the ICMSA's farm and rural affairs committee, said the two-week extension was welcome but announcing it with just days to go was "slightly ridiculous".

"These schemes are hugely important and this problem was obvious for a very considerable time, so the decision to extend should have been taken weeks ago," he said.

ICSA rural development chair Billy Gray urged farmers to complete the farm safety work but said a longer extension would have eased pressure.

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