Thursday, June 18, 2015

Young farmers to benefit from investment scheme

Fine Gael TD, for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has encouraged young farmers in Meath to apply for the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme, after the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, announced that the online application system is open from today (Wednesday).


Regina Doherty TD with Diarmuid Lally (IFA) (left) and Cllr Paddy Meade (right) at beef protest last year
Deputy Doherty said that “our farming industry is Meath is incredibly important and it is essential that we continue to support our farmers where ever possible. Young farmers comprise of a relatively small proportion of our farming community in Meath. Age profile is one of the biggest challenges facing the farming sector, both nationally and in Meath; the grant-aid available under this scheme will be of great benefit to our young tillage farmers for the construction of storage facilities, soiled water, and farm safety investments, amongst others.

“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.

“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.

“Further announcements will follow shortly on the other TAMS Schemes. A total of €395 million has been made available for TAMS 2 over the course of the RDP period. The remaining schemes are being launched over the next few months and include:

    · Dairy Equipment Scheme
    Low-Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme
    Organic Capital Investment Scheme
    Organic Farming Scheme
    Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme
    Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme

“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 very helpful Frequently Asked Questions section which should answer any queries farmers may have. For more technical queries farmers can email the address

“The system is now live and available for the preparation of applications and the facility to submit applications online will be available from tomorrow Wednesday 17
th June. The deadline for this tranche of applications is Friday 18th September but there will be further funding rounds according to Minister Coveney.”

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