TAMS scheme reopened with €20.5 million available for 2012

Deputy Jim Daly TD for Cork South West welcomed the announcement by Minister Simon Coveney today that the TAMS (Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme) will be extended and that his department has €20.5 Million available for applicants for the 2012 year.

This announcement will benefit a huge number of farmers across West Cork. The Majority of grant rate is 40 % of Investment and will be available for new milking machines, cooling systems and rainwater harvesting. The grants will be further rolled out to sheep and pig farmers assisting with fencing and mobile handling equipment for sheep farmers. Grants of up to €120,000 are available to pig farmers under the Sow Welfare Scheme, in making this announcement Minister Coveney urged Pig Farmers in particular to act quickly and take advantage of the grants for upgrading their facilities by the deadline of the 30th June 2012.

Deputy Daly said “The agriculture sector was very fortunate to have such a diligent hard working Minister such as Simon Coveney who is determined to reform systems within the Department to get the best value for money for farmers across the Country . Despite the cut backs in budgets across every sector I have absolute confidence that Minister Coveney will deliver the resources where needed to the Agricultural Sector as it is a leading industry in the country at present”.