The TAMS investment ceiling for pig and poultry farmers is to be raised from €80,000 to €200,000, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has announced.

The increased ceiling will be available in the next TAMS tranche which is likely to begin in mid-April. There will be added animal welfare conditionality attached to the funding.

The investment ceiling for all other farm sectors will remain at €80,000.

To date, TAMS has been an unattractive proposition for pig and poultry farmers with just over 100 applications totalling €1.5m.

The lower ceiling did not allow farmers to make investments at the required scale. However, the new limit may see some reconsider the scheme to upgrade housing, install new feeding systems or increase energy efficiency.

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