Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Questions (620)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

620. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the targeted investment scheme TAMS II will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22953/14]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The recent consultation paper prepared by my Department in relation to Ireland’s Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020 set out a number of priorities in the case of possible on-farm investment schemes under the new Programme, including further support to encourage investment in the dairy sector in view of the forthcoming abolition of milk quotas; an enhanced scheme of grant-aid for young farmers; investment in low-emission slurry-spreading equipment; improvements in certain pig and poultry facilities; bio-energy; and a new farm building measure to support the construction of animal housing and slurry storage.

I intend to include further details in relation to these grants in the Rural Development Programme itself when it is finalised in the near future. EU Commission approval for the Programme will be required before any new national measures are introduced on the basis of the Programme. Accordingly, it is not possible at this stage to fix definitive dates for the introduction of the schemes concerned.