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 for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has announced.

The minister has also confirmed the approval of funding for the highest 70% of applications for tranche 20.

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.

Minister McConalogue said: “It is essential that farming continues at this time while being mindful of the public health measures and it is important that we continue the TAMS scheme during this time.

“I have introduced some flexibilities to the scheme arrangements to reflect the fact that certain practices are not possible at this time and alternative arrangements are required.”

COP training

Minister of State Martin Heydon also announced today new measures being introduced to facilitate recommencement and submission of Farm Safety Code of Practice (COP) training certificates as part of the TAMS II payment claims.

The requirement to submit a farm safety COP 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.

The requirement to submit a farm safety COP training certificate as part of the TAMS II payment claim will be mandatory from 26 April onwards.