There has been a spate of applications for the final tranche of the TAMS 2 scheme before changes to the Farm Buildings Grant Scheme come into effect in January.
,026 applications were filed for the latest TAMS 2 tranche by last Friday’s deadline, up 71 percent from 1,766 for the previous tranche.
Much of the increase is attributed to dairy farmers’ interest ahead of the restrictions being discussed in the next TAMS programme.
It is widely expected that the new system will significantly limit the size of investments at dairies, as farmers will be limited to one robotic milking machine or parlors of up to 10 units.
It has also been speculated that the ministry is considering placing a cap of 120 cows for each parlor or milking equipment.
This comes as the Department is under pressure from the European Commission to ensure EU funding does not lead to further expansion of livestock in Ireland.
The proposed move drew sharp criticism from farming organizations, with Macra President John Keane saying:
“Young farmers are struggling to access finance to support on-farm development.
“This coincides with a labor shortage in all plants. This is the reality on the farm and at the same time the Ministry wants to put more barriers in the way of young people entering the sector.”
That Independent Farming previously reported that farmers can receive grants for agricultural roads and underpasses under the new TAMS 3 scheme.
The terms of the new program and the investment list for subsidized items are finalized.
However, it is expected that the new system will put a greater focus on automation and labor savings on farms.
Digital tillage applications, EID tag readers, computer information systems, heat detection systems, ear tags and pedometers are expected to be eligible for aid.
The modernization of livestock facilities – or the construction of new livestock facilities on farms – will again be promoted.
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