A TAMS extension has been called for by the ICMSA in light of rising costs at farm level, as farmers cope with adverse weather events.
“It’s not within their (farmers) power from a financial, physical workload and, indeed, mental wellbeing perspective at this stage,” Denis Drennan, chair of ICMSA’s Farm & Rural Affairs Committee said.
TAMS provides farmers with grant aid on specific farm building at a rate of 40% for farmers and 60% for young, trained farmers.
Once building approval has been granted by the Department of Agriculture, farmers have a limited timeframe to complete works.
“Accordingly, we are calling on the Minister to be pragmatic and extend completion deadlines for existing approvals by 12 months, in order to give the farmers concerned the chance to get the works completed without the pointless administrative burden of having to apply for extensions to plans that have already been adjudged to be suitable,” Drennan concluded.
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