Farm Ireland

Sunday 25 February 2018

TAMS delay piling pressure on farmers

Minister Michael Creed. Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister Michael Creed. Photo: Tony Gavin

More than 650 farmers are urgently awaiting grant aid for investments made on farms under TAMS, as another tranche of the investment scheme closes.

More than 1,000 farmers applied to the latest scheme bringing the total number of TAMS applications to 13,500.

However, the IFA's rural development chair Joe Brady warned some farmers were being placed under financial difficulties by delays.

"So far, 8,849 farmers have got approval to proceed and it is important that all other approvals to proceed are issued without delay," he said, adding the full amount of funding may not be utilised as only €10.5m of the €50m allocated so far this year has been distributed so far.

While organics body IOFGA understands around 80pc of the 1,788 organic scheme farmers have been paid with 362 awaiting payments.

The GLAS balancing payments of 15pc have issued with €10m paid out to 15,000 farmers. It brings to €138m the total payments made to date for GLAS for 2016.

However, around 20,000 nutrient management plans still have to be submitted for the remaining 15pc payments to be paid for those farmers, with planners pointing out the Department site to input the data only became available in recent weeks.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed stressed they did have a good track record on payments and they would reflect in "due course" on the recent issues but they have been "foot to the floor" to get the payments out.

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