IFA: Speedy payment of TAMS grants vital

IFA Rural Development chairperson Joe Brady has insisted that Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed must ensure that farmers who are now making their claims for TAMS payment are paid quickly.

  Mr. Brady said delays in payments and approvals have left a very sour taste in farmers’ mouths and the Minister must now clearly demonstrate his commitment to this vitally important farm investment scheme.

  He said: “The approval rate for TAMS applications must also be speeded up as it is clear that some counties are falling behind in approvals to commence work.”

  The chairperson added: “In the case of the Sheep Fencing grant, introduced in the third tranche which finished on June 24th, immediate approval is now necessary as the window to carry out work in 2016 is narrowing.”