More flexibility with Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS)

Donegal TD and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. has today confirmed further flexibilities for the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme, commonly known as TAMS.

The flexibilities are being introduced to make it easier for farmers and their agents to continue to participate in this scheme where difficulties arise from the current public health restrictions.

There will be flexibility on TAMS completion deadlines – all participants with TAMS II approvals or COVID-19 extensions expiring between 1 April and 30 June 2021 can apply to the local office for an additional three month extension.

Minister of State with responsibility for Farm Safety Martin Heydon T.D., has also announced today the new measures being introduced to facilitate recommencement and submission of Farm Safety Code of Practice training certificates as part of the TAMS II payment claims.

The requirement to submit a farm safety Code Of Practice training certificate as part of the TAMS II payment claim process was temporarily suspended in 2020 as it was not possible to safely hold ‘in person’ training courses.

With the public health restrictions associated with Covid-19 lasting longer than expected, and the need for farm safety training as important as ever, a revised method of providing the COP farm safety training has been developed.

Meanwhile, the Minister today also confirmed the approval of funding for the highest 70% of applications for tranche 20 of TAMS.

He added that the current tranche 21 of TAMS is open for receipt of applications and will close on 16 April 2021 with the next tranche opening on 17 April 2021.

Further tranches in 2021 will open on 23 July 2021 and 5 November 2021.