Macra has voiced its concerns over delays in paying out funding under the TAMS scheme.
Over 7,000 applications have so far been submitted under the first three tranches of TAMS II, with near 1,200 applications for the Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme.
Considering the scheme was launched in 2015, to have less than half of the applications processed and approved by mid August 2016, was “catastrophic”, the farm group said.
Irish farmers are anxious to commence the construction of various on farm projects, and Macra Ag Affairs committee chairperson James Barber said: “Delays in the buildings of on farm projects, into the winter period will increase the cost of construction. Come winter, construction becomes a lot harder due to inclement weather conditions. Poor weather and poor ground conditions will result in farmers needing to construct roadways to allow heavy machinery pass on land with minimal damage. Added costs such as roadways aren’t covered by the TAMS grant.”
Of critical importance is the need for immediate TAMSII approval so farmers, who have already committed to the herd expansion process, are capable of starting construction and complying with nitrates regulations come next year, he said.
Mr Barber said the current TAMS II situation was not only causing frustration among farmers, but also increasing the level of stress they are experiencing.