'Review of farm building grant scheme needed due to bureaucracy and long delays'
Calls have been made for an urgent review of the Department of Agriculture’s farm building grant scheme which is set to cost the state over €395m between 2015 and 2020.
Sein Fein, Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin called on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed to initiate an urgent review of the procedures involved in applying for the TAMS grants.
He said it was needed in view of the experience of so many farmers frustrated by the bureaucracy involved and the resultant long delays in the issuance of payments.
The TAMS II Schemes provide grants for the construction of a variety of farm structures. Applications for the TAMS II Schemes can be made online by farmers and funding will be made available over the course of 2017 for approved applications.
TAMS II Schemes are funded under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.
The number of applications received under the TAMS II Schemes is 10,583. Of these, 1,636 applications were received in the last tranche which closed on 13 January 2017.
6,061 farmers have received approval to commence works to the value of approximately €90m. 313 applicants had received payments totalling €4m by the 31 December 2016.
Minister Creed has said each application is examined and payments are issued where the applications are deemed to be eligible and in order.