The tillage TAMS scheme has finally opened for applications but what’s it all about.
The tillage TAMS scheme is a €26m scheme that begins immedediately and will remain open until the end of June.
It is the sixth tranche of TAMS.
It covers items such as spreads, drills, grain storage and cultivators as well as harvesting equipment.
The Minister said:
“I am very pleased to launch this new measure as part of the online TAMS II scheme. Through the Tillage Stakeholder Forum I am aware of the issues facing the tillage sector including the effects of a poor harvest in 2016. This measure includes capital investment measures which will assist the sector in supporting the use of the most modern and efficient equipment and facilities to enable the tillage farmer to improve competitiveness.”
The total allocation for the various on farm investment schemes under TAMS II, including the Tillage measure, is €395m over the full course of the programme.
All applications must be made online.
The IFA’s Joe Healy welcomed the news:
“The provision of targeted funding for investment by tillage farmers under the TAMS programme will enable growers to maintain competitiveness while reducing the sector’s carbon and environmental footprint…“Targeted funding will help maintain competitiveness and facilitate the further expansion of arable crop production. This will support the growth of Ireland’s rapidly expanding dairy, whiskey and gluten free oats export orientated businesses. Increased farm-to-farm trade coupled with the use of technology will also allow grain farmers to reduce agriculture’s carbon and environmental footprint.”
However its not all good news with FF T Charlie McConalogue saying it did not help farmers who had been affected by the Tillage Crisis.
Minister Creed has refused on numerous occasions to create emergency funding for tillage farmers affected by last years crisis.