Q&A: €26m on offer for tillage farm capital investments

Tillage TAMS: GPS machinery control is one of the areas eligible for TAMS grant aid.

The new specialised tillage measure under TAMS II includes capital investment measures designed to help the sector use the most modern and efficient equipment and facilities, to enable tillage farmers to improve competitiveness.

Agriculture Minister Michael Creed announced that €26m (co-funded by the EU) was being made available for capital investment, up to 2020.

Grant aid of 40% is available for specific investments such as rain water harvesting, grain storage, minimum soil disturbance equipment, precision agriculture equipment including GPS steering, sprayers, fertiliser spreaders, etc.

All applications must be made online, either by the farmer or by their authorised adviser.

The closing date for applications under the first tranche of the new measure will be Friday, June 30.

Further details are available at www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/tams 

Who is eligible to apply under the scheme?

The scheme is open to farmers who:

(i) have a minimum of 15 hectares of eligible crops declared under the Basic Payment Scheme or equivalent in the year of application or previous year.

(ii) have a department identifier

An application may be accepted in the name of a legal person provided that legal person satisfies the eligibility criteria.

A copy of a company’s Companies Registration Office certificate and memorandum and articles of association or one document constitution must be submitted in support of an application in the name of a legal person.

Full responsibility for the information contained in the application, payment claim and supporting documentation submitted rests with the applicant or agent concerned.

The department shall not accept any responsibility for errors or omissions contained in applications for grant aid or any required supporting documentation.

Full responsibility for the receipt of applications on the department’s online system by the closing date rests with the applicant concerned.

It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to familiarise him/herself with the scheme terms and conditions, the specifications, and any amendments thereof, a nd with the consequences for breaches of the scheme.

The approval or payment of aid under the scheme does not imply acceptance by the minister of any responsibility as regards the obligations undertaken by the participants.

What investments are eligible?

The eligible investments come under the headings of:

n Replacement of a hinged door/sheeted gate with a new sliding door /roller door, on agricultural buildings;

n Retrofitting roof-lights with safety cages;

n Wiring/rewiring existing agricultural buildings;

n Yard lights (at least 200W equivalent, either metal halide or LED);

n Grain stores;

n Rain water harvesting;

n GPS machinery control;

n Sprayers;

n Minimum disturbance tillage (PTO-driven equipment not permitted);

n Pesticide reduction (heavy Cambridge roller/furrow press);

n Grain treatment equipment;

n Potato harvesting;

n Fertiliser spreaders;

n Wheel changing equipment;

All the Department of Agriculture structural specifications and notices relevant to this scheme can be accessed at www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/tams/ on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website.

Grant aid will not be paid for:

(a) secondhand materials or equipment, or

(b) work carried out by contractors who do not comply with the tax clearance requirements laid down.

Is planning permission required?

Planning permission or a declaration of exemption, accompanied by stamped drawings from the relevant local authority is required for a number of the eligible investments.

Where planning permission is required, the department will not accept an application as valid unless documentary evidence of a grant of full planning permission, revised planning where required, or declaration of exemption for the proposed works issued by the relevant local authority, accompanies the application.

Notification of a decision to grant planning permission will not be sufficient for this purpose.

Where any changes are made to the proposals covered by planning permission, or by a declaration of exemption from the relevant local authority, then revised planning permission or a declaration of exemption shall be obtained before grant-aid may be paid.

It should be noted that a grant of planning permission or a certificate of exemption must be obtained prior to submitting an application under the scheme; otherwise the application will be deemed ineligible, and will be rejected.


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