Opening of Young Farmer Investment Scheme welcome

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News that the online system for applications for the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme is now open was warmly welcomed today by East Galway TD Paul Connaughton.
‘I very much welcome this announcement, it is a key element of what Fine Gael negotiated in relation to the CAP deal and offers a huge opportunity for young farmers to invest in their farm holdings.
‘I would encourage all young farmers to apply as soon as possible, the future of the agricultural sector is going to be based on young farmers being able to access these funds. I would also like to congratulate Minister Coveney on his involvement in the negotiation of the new CAP deal, this is an important step in terms of delivery on that new deal.
‘The system can be accessed directly through the Department’s website by farmers who are registered for online services via the Department’s Agfood facility. Alternatively, farmers may opt to use an approved agricultural advisor to prepare applications on their behalf.
‘A dedicated email address has also been set up to deal with other queries, including those of a more technical nature – these can be sent to tams@agriculture.gov.ie. The system is now live and available for the preparation of applications and the facility to submit applications on-line will be available from tomorrow Wednesday 17th June. The closing date for the current tranche of applications is Friday 18th September.
‘Grant-aid will be available under this Scheme and the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Schemes to 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 €395m 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 schemes for dairy equipment, low emission slurry spreading equipment, organic capital investment, organic farming, pig and poultry investment and the animal welfare, safety and nutrient storage scheme.’