Call for speeding up of TAMS approvals and payments

Plans for expansion and building work by some farmers throughout the north west are being hit by delays in payments under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes, commonly known as TAMS, according to the IFA.

The scheme is to encourage investment in farm buildings and equipment but IFA Rural Development Chairman Michael Biggins, from Mayo, says some farmers are now being held up.

The scheme operates in tranches, and although Tranche 17 closed last June, he said there were farmers still waiting for approval.

With Tranche 18 closing on August 21st, Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary is being urged to ensure delays in previous trances are addressed.

Mr Biggins says the scheme is important to a lot of farmers throughout the north west.