New investment scheme for farmers

Published 23/06/2015 | 00:00

Minister Paul Kehoe
Minister Paul Kehoe

Minister Paul Kehoe has encouraged young farmers in Wexford to apply for the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme.

'This is the first of the new Targeted Modernisation Schemes (TAMS II) to be launched under the new Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 and it comprises a €120 million scheme aimed at young farmers. Farmers must be below 40 years of age at the time of application and have been set up in farming within the previous five years,' he said.

The grant-aid available under this Scheme and the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Schemes will assist tillage farmers for the construction of nutrient storage facilities, and storage facilities for other farmyard manures, soiled water, and related facilities, as well as farm-safety investments. The Farm Safety items include the provision of sliding/roller doors.

Tillage farmers will also be able to avail of grant-aid under the Low Emission Slurry Spreading Scheme.

This Scheme provides grant aid for the purchase of new equipment for the spreading of slurry which has distinct environmental advantages.

Farmers who are registered for online services via the Department's Agfood facility can access the online system on the website of the Department. Alternatively, farmers may opt to use an approved agricultural advisor to prepare applications on their behalf. The online system also contains a Frequently Asked Questions section which should answer any queries farmers may have. For more technical queries farmers can email tams@agriculture.gov.ie

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