TAMS extension pressure mounts
Calls are mounting for Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to extend the deadline for Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) into 2014.
Millions of euro remain unspent in various TAMS schemes, according to IFA rural development chairman Flor McCarthy, who called for the schemes' closing dates to be moved into 2014.
Only €10m of the €45m projected for the Dairy Equipment Scheme has been paid out to date, while less than €1m of the €8m allocated for the sheep handling and fencing has been used up.
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